Definitions

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.

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  • n. The crime of violating majesty, an offense against the dignity of a reigning sovereign or against a state.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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.

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French lèse-majesté, from Latin laesa maiestatis, injury to the Majesty.

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