ancien regime


noun, plural an·ciens ré·gimes [ahn-syan rey-zheem] /ɑ̃ syɛ̃ reɪˈʒim/. French.

  1. the political and social system of France before the revolution of 1789.
  2. the system of government during this period.

noun plural anciens régimes (ɑ̃sjɛ̃ reʒim)

  1. the political and social system of France before the Revolution of 1789
  2. a former or outdated regime
n.

1794, from French ancien régime, literally “old rule,” referring to the government and social order of France before the Revolution there. See ancient + regime.

The political and social order that prevailed in France before the French Revolution, built on a belief in absolute monarchy and the divine right of kings.

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