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ancien régime

[ahn-syan rey-zheem] /ɑ̃ syɛ̃ reɪˈʒim/
noun, plural anciens régimes
[ahn-syan rey-zheem] /ɑ̃ syɛ̃ reɪˈʒim/ (Show IPA).
the political and social system of France before the revolution of 1789.
the system of government during this period. Unabridged
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  • She is quite indifferent to coquetry, this grande dame of the ancien regime!

    Man and Maid Elinor Glyn
  • The shadowy ghost of the ancien regime seemed to have become more bowed during the conversation.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • There was, however, another side to the so-called "ancien regime" which we must keep in mind.

    The Story of Mankind Hendrik van Loon
  • He was an enthusiast for the ancien regime, and was trying to re-enact literally the family life of the last Bourbons.

  • She adroitly led the conversation to the times which had now, within a few short years, become the "ancien regime."

    The Chouans Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for ancien regime

ancien régime

/ɑ̃sjɛ̃ reʒim/
noun (pl) anciens régimes (ɑ̃sjɛ̃ reʒim)
the political and social system of France before the Revolution of 1789
a former or outdated regime
Word Origin
literally: old regime
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for ancien regime

1794, from French ancien régime, literally "old rule," referring to the government and social order of France before the Revolution there. See ancient + regime.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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ancien regime in Culture
ancien régime [(ahnn-syann ray-zheem)]

The political and social order that prevailed in France before the French Revolution, built on a belief in absolute monarchy and the divine right of kings.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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