lettre de cachet

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From French lettre de cachet.


lettre de cachet (plural lettres de cachet)

  1. (historical) A warrant issued by the monarch in ancien régime France, especially one which imprisons someone without trial.
    • 1992, Hilary Mantel, A Place of Greater Safety, Harper Perennial 2007, p. 113:
      This year the King sent it to Troyes, each member ordered there by an individual lettre de cachet.
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 22:
      Louis stepped up persecution of prominent Jansenists, using lettres de cachet to imprison the most subversive [...].



lettre de cachet f

  1. (historical) lettre de cachet

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