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Word of the Day 04/28/19 Lese Majesty

Lese Majesty (noun)
lese majesty [ lez, leez ]


noun
1. Law.
a. a crime, especially high treason, committed against the sovereign power.
b. an offense that violates the dignity of a ruler.
2. an attack on any custom, institution, belief, etc., held sacred or revered by numbers of people: Her speech against Mother's Day was criticized as lese majesty.

Also lèse majesty, lèse maj·es·té [lez mah-juh-stey; lez maj-uh-stee, leez] /ˈlɛz ˌmɑ dʒəˈsteɪ; ˈlɛz ˈmædʒ ə sti, ˈliz/.

RELATED WORDS
boldness, coarseness, contempt, discourtesy, dishonor, flippancy, hardihood, impertinence, impiety, impudence, incivility, insolence, irreverence, sacrilege, impoliteness

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Origin: 1530–40; < French lèse-majesté, after Latin ( crīmen ) laesae mājestātis (the crime) of injured majesty

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