anciens régimes

ancien régime

[ahn-syan rey-zheem]
noun, plural anciens régimes [ahn-syan rey-zheem] . French.
the political and social system of France before the revolution of 1789.
the system of government during this period. Unabridged
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ancien régime (ɑ̃sjɛ̃ reʒim)
n , pl anciens régimes
1.  the political and social system of France before the Revolution of 1789
2.  a former or outdated regime
[literally: old regime]

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ancien régime
1794, from Fr., lit. "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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