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noun
Louis Xavier Stanislas, 1755–1824, king of France 1814–15, 1815–24 (brother of Louis XVI).
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Louis XVIII

noun
1755–1824, king of France (1814–24); younger brother of Louis XVI. He became titular king after the death of Louis XVII (1795) and ascended the throne at the Bourbon restoration in 1814. He was forced to flee during the Hundred Days
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