Meaning of lese-majesty in English:


Pronunciation /liːzˈmadʒɪsti/


mass noun
  • 1The insulting of a monarch or other ruler; treason.

    ‘the Shah would whip him for his lese-majesty’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They committed towards me the crime of lese-majesty.’
    1. 1.1Presumptuous or disrespectful behaviour.
      • ‘he responded to the lese-majesty of the young man with an arctic stare’


Late Middle English from French lèse-majesté, from Latin laesa majestas ‘injured sovereignty’.