Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In criminal law. The crime of lese-majesty, or Injuring majesty or royalty; high treason. The term was used by the older English law-writers to denote any crime affecting the king's person or dignity. It Is borrowed from the civll law, in which it signified the undertaking of any enterprise against the emperor or the republic. Inst 4, 18, 3.