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MAJ'ESTY, noun [Latin majestas, from the root of magis, major, more, greater.]

1. Greatness of appearance; dignity; grandeur; dignity of aspect or manner; the quality or state of a person or thing which inspires awe or reverence in the beholder; applied with peculiar propriety to God and his works.

Jehovah reigneth; he is clothed with majesty Psalms 93:1.

The voice of Jehovah is full of majesty Psalms 29:4.

It is applied to the dignity, pomp and splendor of earthly princes.

When he showed the riches of his glorious kingdom--the honor of his excellent majesty many days-- Esther 1:4.

2. Dignity; elevation of manner.

The first in loftiness of thought surpass'd,

The next in majesty--

3. A title of emperors, kings and queens; as most royal majesty; may it please your majesty In this sense, it admits of the plural; as, their majesties attended the concert.