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an·cien ré·gime

 (äN-syăN′ rā-zhēm′)
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.]
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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 a former or outdated regime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]
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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.
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Ancien régime

The name given to the social system in force in France before 1789.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
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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. It faced the winding river, the Loing; and Miss Chalice had a room with a little terrace overlooking it, with a charming view of the old bridge and its fortified gateway.
He was an enthusiast for the ancien regime, and was trying to re-enact literally the family life of the last Bourbons.
It was the time of the Rastignacs and Rubempres immortalized by Balzac's novelsthe ambitious nouveaux riches who dreamt of restoring a "pure" aristocracy while exchanging favors in bedchambers and adding nobiliary particles to their names in order to erase their own plebeian "impurity." The culture of the salons was a mockery of the Ancien Regime's court culture: a culture of corruption played out in the name of ideals that Baudelaire would soon call satanisme badinlighthearted Satanism.
Describing how Americans have turned away from public life to seek personal fulfillment, Sennett discusses the public problem, the public world of the ancien regime, the turmoil of public life in the 19th century, and the intimate society.
His character is his shield against any attempt to return to what the French revolution called 'the ancien regime.' It was the political and social system of the kingdom of France from the Late Middle Ages (circa 15th century) until 1789, when hereditary monarchy and the feudal system of French nobility were abolished by the French Revolution.
The candidates of the ancien regime -- Disy, Akel, Diko, Edek -- that has completely dominated political life since the mid-70s and from the ranks of which all presidents have come, will be fighting it out for the presidency.
Under the ancien regime, portraiture played a key role in demonstrating the social status of the sitter and, accordingly, the main concern of public portraiture was society's most significant figures, namely the king, military heroes, and other grands hommes.
Sadiq Khan is biting the hand that fed him because he has benefited from the Corbyn effect in the capital, but has now opted to join Labour's Ancien Regime in the plot to depose Corbyn as leader.
The Economy of Glory: From Ancien Regime France to the Fall of Napoleon.
In his interpretation of history, a trend is first reversed by revolution (antithesis) and then challenged by counterrevolution seeking to restore the ancien regime. For Michnik, historical events are always challenged by revolutionary destruction and then followed by destructive counterrevolutionary efforts to put Humpty Dumpty back together again.
Indeed, the pre-revolutionary France - and I am talking 1789 here - was referred to as the Ancien Regime.