from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An offense against the sovereign power in a state; treason.
- n. An act of disrespect towards authority.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See leze majesty.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In jurisprudence, any crime committed against the sovereign power in a state; treason.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a crime that undermines the offender's government
• A panel seeking to explain Thailand's lese-majesty laws – What makes an insult?
Column editor's note: lese-majesty is, indeed, Guardian style...
The advertisements for the tat are set to do wonders for the coffers of our newspapers, some of which are already offering a "special coin for William and Kate"ed's note: surely this amounts to lese-majesty?
We may imagine the valorous anger of our little metropolis at this act or crime of lese-majesty.
Agassiz were correct and all his conclusions sound, that any doubts or criticisms upon the part of my acute and unprejudiced friend shocked me as a reprehensible compound of heresy and lese-majesty.
Erastian high-commission court, patched up of statesmen and clergymen: and hereby was the church again brought under the yoke of anti-christian prelacy, and tyrannical supremacy; which lese-majesty to Zion's King was also ratified with the sanction of civil authority.
"Pardon me, your Grace," she said in a tone of quiet deference; "hath the learned body of the Queen's Council no knowledge of the crime of lese-majesty?"
Rousseau had not lived, Voltaire was unborn, and the most daring approach to lese-majesty had been Rabelais 'jocose: "The wearers of the crown and scepter are born under the same constellation as those of cap and bells."
Ch'ien, in pleading for Li Ling, was actually criticizing the Emperor; such criticism was lese-majesty, for which Szu-ma Ch'ien was punished severely.
So sure was I that all the statements of Agassiz were correct and all his conclusions sound, that any doubts or criticisms upon the part of my acute and unprejudiced friend shocked me as a reprehensible compound of heresy and lese-majesty.