lèse-majesté
or lese majesty noun Etymology: Middle French lese majesté, from Latin laesa majestas, literally, injured majesty Date: 1536 1. a. a crime (as treason) committed against a sovereign power b. an offense violating the dignity of a ruler as the representative of a sovereign power 2. a detraction from or affront to dignity or importance

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  • lèse-majesté — [lez΄maj′is tēlez΄ma΄zhes tā′, lez΄maj′is tē] n. 〚Fr < L laesa majestas < laesa, fem. of laesus (see LESION) + majestas, MAJESTY〛 1. a crime against the sovereign; offense against a ruler s dignity as head of the state; treason 2. any insolent or …   Universalium

  • lèse-majesté — [lez΄maj′is tēlez΄ma΄zhes tā′, lez΄maj′is tē] n. [Fr < L laesa majestas < laesa, fem. of laesus (see LESION) + majestas, MAJESTY] 1. a crime against the sovereign; offense against a ruler s dignity as head of the state; treason 2. any… …   English World dictionary

  • Lèse-majesté — Crime de lèse majesté Le crime de lèse majesté est une notion juridique mal définie qui a évolué dans le temps, recouvrant différentes qualifications juridiques. Pour l essentiel, il était relié aux atteintes au souverain, quel qu il soit (le… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Lèse majesté — or against a state. This behavior was first classified as a criminal offense against the dignity of the Roman republic in Ancient Rome. In time, as the Emperor became identified with the Roman state (the empire never formally became a monarchy),… …   Wikipedia

  • lèse-majesté —  (Fr.) Wounded majesty ; treason or a similar offense or insolence toward anyone to whom deference is due. The spelling is sometimes anglicized to lese majesty …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • lèse majesté — noun see lese majesty …   Useful english dictionary

  • lèse-majesté — (Roget s IV) } n. Syn. mutiny, betrayal, revolt; see dishonesty , treason …   English dictionary for students

  • lèse-majesté —    (lez mah zhehs TAY) [French: injured majesty] A crime against a sovereign or a sovereign authority; high treason. A violation of or attack on institutions or customs cherished by a group of people. Informally, any presumptive behavior …   Dictionary of foreign words and phrases

  • lèse-majesté —   n. treason; crime against sovereign s person …   Dictionary of difficult words

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