Definition of lèse-majesté in English:


Syllabification: lèse-maj·es·té
Pronunciation: /ˌlez ˌmäjəˈstā, ˌlēz, ˈmajəstē


  • The insulting of a monarch or other ruler; treason.
    More example sentences
    • 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.


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

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