from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An offense or crime committed against the ruler or supreme power of a state.
- n. An affront to another's dignity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The crime of violating majesty, an offense against the dignity of a reigning sovereign or against a state.
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)
French lèse-majesté, from Latin laesa maiestatis, injury to the Majesty. (Wiktionary)