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Second Empire

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noun

the empire established in France (1852–70) by Louis Napoleon: the successor to the Second Republic.

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Second Empire

noun

  1. the imperial government of France under Napoleon III
  2. the period during which this government functioned (1852–70)
the style of furniture and decoration of the Second Empire, reviving the Empire style, but with fussier ornamentation
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