American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An offense or crime committed against the ruler or supreme power of a state.
- n. An affront to another's dignity.
- n. The crime of violating majesty, an offense against the dignity of a reigning sovereign or against a state.
- French lèse-majesté, from Latin laesa maiestatis, injury to the Majesty. (Wiktionary)
- 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. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“His father was what you call an agitator, and his father was in jail for lese majesty -- what you call speaking the truth about the Emperor.”
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