Napoleon was heir to the French Revolution, not abbé Sieyes, a serial writer of constitutions that were never adopted for long.
The abbé shook his head with a deprecatory smile of mingled modesty and melancholy.
It had dismal corridors, and steeper stairways than even the abbé's.
The collections of the abbé, as may be anticipated, are of great value; they relate almost wholly to the history of the duchy.
The abbé saw my earnestness, and provokingly sipped his wine.
Houteville, the abbé de, his opinion of Grotius's treatise of the truth of the christian religion, 263.
"You may see him any day up the Champs Elysiens," said the abbé.
He made the nurse give him a little brushing and went out with the abbé Gautier.
"You hear the abbé, ladies," she said languidly, sitting back again.
The poor abbé seemed dazed, and kept dreamily fingering his rosary, and murmuring to himself.
1520s, title given in France to "every one who wears an ecclesiastical dress," especially one having no assigned ecclesiastical duty, from French abbé, from Late Latin abbatem, accusative of abbas (see abbot).