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lèse-majesté Syllabification: lèse-maj·es·té
Pronunciation: /ˌlez ˌmäjəsˈtā/

Definition of lèse-majesté in English:


The insulting of a monarch or other ruler; treason.
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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