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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).
French.
1.
the political and social system of France before the revolution of 1789.
2.
the system of government during this period.
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ancien régime

/ɑ̃sjɛ̃ reʒim/
noun (pl) anciens régimes (ɑ̃sjɛ̃ reʒim)
1.
the political and social system of France before the Revolution of 1789
2.
a former or outdated regime
Word Origin
literally: old regime
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Word Origin and History for ancien regime
n.

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

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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.

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