ancien régime[äɴ-syăɴˈ rā-zhēmˈ]
ancien régime definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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- The political and social system that existed in France before the Revolution of 1789.
- pl. an·ciens ré·gimes A sociopolitical or other system that no longer exists.
Origin: French : ancien, old + régime, regime.
ancien régime - Cultural Definition
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.