Lese-majesty

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Lese-majesty See Leze majesty.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lese-majesty In jurisprudence, any crime committed against the sovereign power in a state; treason. The Latin crimen læsæ majestatis denoted a charge brought against a citizen for acts of rebellion, usurpation of office, or general misdemeanors of a political character, which were comprehended under the title of offenses against the majesty of the Roman people. In the reign of Tiberius, according to Suetonius, it was lese-majesty to fiog a slave or to change one's clothes in the presence of any image of the emperor. It also was lese-majesty to take into a latrine a ring or a piece of money bearing the effigy of Cæsar. Also spelled leze-majesty.
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Usage

In literature:

In France, before the time of Louis IX, duels were permitted only in cases of Lese Majesty, Rape, Incendiarism, Assassination, and Burglary.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions" by Charles Mackay
There were once crimes of royal lese-majesty; now there are crimes of popular lese-majesty.
"The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 3 (of 6)" by Hippolyte A. Taine
I allow neither perduellion nor lese-majesty against my sovereign authority.
"The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Vol. 1., Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
I allow neither perduellion nor lese-majesty against my sovereign authority.
"The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Complete, Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
LESE-MAJESTY, name given to a crime against the sovereign.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
I am guilty of lese-majesty.
"The Goose Girl" by Harold MacGrath
I accuse Silverius, the Bishop of Rome, of the crime of lese-majesty and treachery to the Roman Empire.
"A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3)" by Felix Dahn
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