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 for lettre de cachet
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cachet \Cach"et\, n. [F. fr. cacher to hide.]
     A seal, as of a letter.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Lettre de cachet [F.], a sealed letter, especially a letter
        or missive emanating from the sovereign; -- much used in
        France before the Revolution as an arbitrary order of
        imprisonment.
        [1913 Webster] Cachexia

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  lettre de cachet
      n 1: a warrant formerly issued by a French king who could
           warrant imprisonment or death in a signed letter under his
           seal [syn: cachet, lettre de cachet]

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