Lese-majesty meaning

lēz' măj'ĭ-stē
A crime injuring or causing harm to the dignity of a reigning sovereign or a state.
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The crime of violating majesty, an offense against the dignity of a reigning sovereign or against a state.
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An offense against the sovereign power in a state; treason.
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An act of disrespect towards authority.
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Origin of lese-majesty

  • Partial translation of French lèse-majesté from Latin (crīmen) laesae māiestātis (the crime) of injured majesty laesae feminine genitive of laesus past participle of laedere to injure māiestātis genitive of māiestās majesty
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • French la lèse-majesté, from Latin laesa maiestatis, injury to the Majesty.
    From Wiktionary
  • From Latin laesa maiestas (“injury to majesty").
    From Wiktionary