Ancien-regime meaning

äɴ-syăɴ rā-zhēm
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The political and social system that existed in France before the Revolution of 1789.
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A sociopolitical or other system that no longer exists.
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The social and governmental system of France before the Revolution of 1789
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Any former political or social system.
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(historical) The aristocratic social and political system established in France under the Valois and Bourbon dynasties, overthrown by the French Revolution of 1789.
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Origin of ancien-regime

  • French ancien old régime regime

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from French Ancien Régime, from ancien (“former”) + régime (“rule, order”). The word first appeared in English in print in 1794.

    From Wiktionary