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an·cien ré·gime

 (äN-syăN′ rā-zhēm′)
n.
1. The political and social system that existed in France before the Revolution of 1789.
2. pl. an·ciens ré·gimes (äN-syăN′ rā-zhēm′) A sociopolitical or other system that no longer exists.

[French : ancien, old + régime, regime.]

ancien régime

(ɑ̃sjɛ̃ reʒim)
n, pl anciens régimes (ɑ̃sjɛ̃ reʒim)
1. (Historical Terms) the political and social system of France before the Revolution of 1789
2. a former or outdated regime
[literally: old regime]

an•cien ré•gime

(ɑ̃ syɛ̃ reɪˈʒim)

n. French.
1. the political and social system of France before the revolution of 1789.
2. any former political and social system.

Ancien régime

The name given to the social system in force in France before 1789.
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Noun1.Ancien régime - a political and social system that no longer governs (especially the system that existed in France before the French Revolution)ancien regime - a political and social system that no longer governs (especially the system that existed in France before the French Revolution)
authorities, government, regime - the organization that is the governing authority of a political unit; "the government reduced taxes"; "the matter was referred to higher authorities"
France, French Republic - a republic in western Europe; the largest country wholly in Europe
Translations
Antigo Regime
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Moret was in those days an old-fashioned town of one street at the edge of the forest of Fontainebleau, and the Ecu d'Or was a hotel which still had about it the decrepit air of the Ancien Regime.
He was an enthusiast for the ancien regime, and was trying to re-enact literally the family life of the last Bourbons.
218-219) Her peasants had already had 30-40% of the land at the end of the Ancien Regime.
Last month's Coral Sprint at Newmarket proved the key to this race, as Brave Prospector was fourth in that Newmarket contest, Victorian Bounty was sixth and Ancien Regime was the winner.
Moreover, is not that highly varied rural population something the peasantry had already met under the ancien regime, the July Monarchy and the Second Empire?
Expect Ancien Regime to be sitting just off the early gallop, while Hamish McGonagall, one of the other market leaders, likes to lead and could take them along up the middle of the track from his draw in nine.
Fathsta: capable of exploiting any weakness in Ancien Regime
Just to have the opportunity to see his Marriage Contract of 1761, a mainstay of the French national collection since the ancien regime, alongside its 1763 pendant Filial Piety, which was spirited away to Saint Petersburg by Catherine the Great, makes the exhibition a necessary pilgrimage for anyone with even a passing interest in the period.
In practice, however, the prelates ordained between 1871 and the end of the ancien regime experienced a hitherto unknown degree of geographical mobility during their education, reinforcing their separateness from both parish clergy and lay society.
While the Betfair Sprint is no exception, I feel Ancien Regime sets the standard and will show the way home to his 19 rivals.
Finally she was a witness to and participant in the final days of the Ancien Regime, the horrors of the Revolution, Napoleon's Empire (of which she was a hostile liberal critic) and the Bourbon Restoration.
Frankie Dettori received a two-day ban (July 21-22) for allowing Ancien Regime to drift but was soon back on the mark to force Rosaleen (9-1) across the line ahead of the rallying Visit in the Listed Agfa Healthcare Stakes.