[lez, leez] /ˈlɛz, liz/


an attack on any custom, institution, belief, etc., held sacred or revered by numbers of people:
Her speech against Mother’s Day was criticized as lese majesty.
any of various offences committed against the sovereign power in a state; treason
an attack on authority or position

“offense against sovereign authority, treason,” 1530s (mid-15c. as an Anglo-French word), from French lèse-majesté, from Latin laesa majestos “violated majesty,” from laesus, past participle of laedere “to hurt, injure, damage, offend, insult,” of unknown origin.


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