Definition of lese-majesty noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌliːz ˈmædʒəsti//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌleɪz ˈmædʒəsti//
[uncountable] (from French, formal) Types of crime
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the act or crime of insulting the king, queen or other ruler See related entries: Types of crime Word Originlate Middle English: from French lèse-majesté, from Latin laesa majestas ‘injured sovereignty’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lese-majesty