Definition of Ancien regime

1. Noun. A political and social system that no longer governs (especially the system that existed in France before the French Revolution).

Generic synonyms: Authorities, Government, Regime
Geographical relationships: France, French Republic

Definition of Ancien regime

1. Proper noun. (historical) The aristocratic social and political system established in France under the Valois and Bourbon dynasties, overthrown by the w:French Revolution French Revolution of 1789. ¹

2. Noun. (context: pejorative) A system of government long since supplanted by another, particularly a state of feudalism with an absolute monarchy supported by the doctrine of divine right with the explicit consent of an established church. ¹

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Literary usage of Ancien regime

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Readings in Modern European History: A Collection of Extracts from the by James Harvey Robinson, Charles Austin Beard (1908)
"The ancien regime in France Necker's daughter, the gifted Madame de Stael, ... Uncertainty and confusion of the ancien regime (From Madame de Stael) ..."

2. The Development of Modern Europe: An Introduction to the Study of Current by James Harvey Robinson, Charles Austin Beard (1907)
"... FRENCH REVOLUTION THE ancien regime IN FRANCE 32. The benevolent despots had not succeeded in ridding Europe of the old institutions and confusion which ..."

3. Macmillan's Magazine by David Masson, John Morley, Mowbray Morris, George Grove (1877)
"LA GRANDE DAME DE L'ancien regime. THE beginning of this century witnessed the gradual extinction of a great social power. It has died out, and its place ..."

4. Readings in European History: A Collection of Extracts from the Sources by James Harvey Robinson (1906)
"CHAPTER XXXIV THE EVE OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION I. THE ancien regime The abuses of arbitrary imprisonment by lettres de cachet had begun to excite the ..."

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