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ancien régime

[ ahn-syan rey-zheem ]
/ ɑ̃ syɛ̃ reɪˈʒim /
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noun, plural an·ciens ré·gimes [ahn-syan rey-zheem]. /ɑ̃ syɛ̃ reɪˈʒim/. French.

the political and social system of France before the revolution of 1789.
the system of government during this period.

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Origin of ancien régime

First recorded in 1790–95; from French; literally, “old rule”
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British Dictionary definitions for ancien régime

ancien régime
/ French (ɑ̃sjɛ̃ reʒim) /

noun plural anciens régimes (ɑ̃sjɛ̃ reʒim)

the political and social system of France before the Revolution of 1789
a former or outdated regime
literally: old regime
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Cultural definitions for ancien régime

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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