Definition of Lettre de cachet

1. Noun. A warrant formerly issued by a French king who could warrant imprisonment or death in a signed letter under his seal.

Exact synonyms: Cachet
Generic synonyms: Warrant
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law



Definition of Lettre de cachet

1. Noun. (historical) A warrant issued by the monarch in ancien régime France, especially one which imprisons someone without trial. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Lettre De Cachet

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lettre de cachet (current term)
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Literary usage of Lettre de cachet

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1. The Encyclopædia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"But in the 14th century the principle was introduced that the order should be written, and hence arose the lettre de cachet. The lettre de cachet belonged ..."

2. The Old Régime: Courts, Salons, and Theatres by Catherine Charlotte Jackson (1880)
"The Last Lettre-de-Cachet.—" Les Droits de l'Homme. ... EA U REGNE gui commence par une lettre-de-cachet" said Madame du Barry, when, with the politest of ..."

3. The Old Régime: Court, Salons, and Theatres by Elliot Jackson, Catherine Charlotte Jackson (1896)
"The Last Lettre-de-Cachet. — "Les Droits de 1'Homme. ... \EAU REGNE qui commence par une lettre-de-cachet" said Madame du Barry, when, with the politest of ..."

4. Corneille Et Son Temps: étude Littéraire by Guizot (François), M. Guizot (1858)
"La lettre de cachet, envoyée en cette occasion u l'hôtel-de-ville de Rouen, était un peu plus étendue : « Sa Majesté, y était-il dit, ayant, ..."

5. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"His violent disposition now led him to quarrel with a country gentleman who had insulted his sister, and his semi-exile was changed by lettre de cachet into ..."

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