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grand siècle

/ɡrɑ̃ sjɛklə/
noun (pl) grands siècles (ɡrɑ̃ sjɛklə)
1.
the 17th century in French art and literature, esp the classical period of Louis XIV
Word Origin
literally: great century
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  • The ideal of the ‘grand siècle,’ and of Richelieu, in whom p. 215the forces of that great age were incarnate, was different.

    A Critic in Pall Mall Oscar Wilde
  • Then commenced the grand siècle, the era Frenchmen date from.

  • Let us salute and acknowledge to-day the noble and mighty harmony of the grand siècle.

  • The ideal of the ‘grand siècle,’ and of Richelieu, in whom the forces of that great age were incarnate, was different.

    Reviews Oscar Wilde

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