ancien regime

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ancien regime a political and social system that no longer governs (especially the system that existed in France before the French Revolution)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ancien régime the former political and social system, as distinguished from the modern; especially, the political and social system existing in France before the Revolution of 1789.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Ancien regime the political system that prevailed in France before the Revolution of 1789
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. regimenregĕre, to rule.

Usage

In literature:

There was, however, another side to the so-called "Ancien Regime" which we must keep in mind.
"The Story of Mankind" by Hendrik van Loon
For reasons which I have set forth at length in an introductory discourse, there never was any Ancien Regime in England.
"The Ancien Regime" by Charles Kingsley
THE LABORATORY (Ancien Regime).
"A Handbook to the Works of Browning (6th ed.)" by Mrs. Sutherland Orr
See Calonne, 'La Vie Agricole, sous l'Ancien Regime,' pp.
"England's Case Against Home Rule" by Albert Venn Dicey
In Germany, as is known, the abolition of the ancien regime did not take place brusquely as in France.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 2, May, 1915" by Various
The Laboratory (Ancien Regime).
"An Introduction to the Study of Browning" by Arthur Symons
Shakespeare en France sous l'ancien regime.
"The Facts About Shakespeare" by William Allan Nielson
This has been admirably elucidated by De Tocqueville in his "Ancien Regime," in showing that the very prosperity of the reign of Louis XVI.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 91, May, 1865" by Various
The centralized government of France is by no means a creation of our century, but a production of the Ancien Regime.
"The Contemporary Review, Volume 36, November 1879" by Various
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In news:

A year ago, when IBM's directors recruited Louis V Gerstner Jr to be the crippled giant's chief executive, it looked like a signal for radical change--a clear break from the ancien regime.
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