Definition of lese-majesty in English:

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lese-majesty

Pronunciation: /liːzˈmadʒɪsti/

noun

[mass noun]
1The insulting of a monarch or other ruler; treason: the Shah would whip him for his lese-majesty
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  • The junta used lese-majesty as an excuse to stage the military coup that toppled Thaksin Shinawatra's government.
  • Others were charged with offences including lese-majesty or destruction of property.
  • Counter-charges of lese-majesty were filed against Prime Minister Thaksin.
1.1Presumptuous or disrespectful behaviour: he responded to the lese-majesty of the young man with an arctic stare

Origin

Late Middle English: from French lèse-majesté, from Latin laesa majestas 'injured sovereignty'.

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