ancien regime

NOUN
  1. a political and social system that no longer governs (especially the system that existed in France before the French Revolution)
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How To Use ancien regime In A Sentence

  • Much of the privileged leadership of the Ancien Régime had lost their heads to the guillotine, a device invented to "mercifully" eliminate an entire class of people. Rodney Punt: Cherubini's Medea to Launch Long Beach Opera's New Season
  • The idea: Delaroche (and his followers) were nostalgic for the Ancien Regime, at a time when it was politically unwise to have monarchist sympathies. 'Don Pasquale' Arias Titillate
  • Forget the distance from the king's nose to the tip of his thumb, the aune and the ell, the befuddling patchwork of local measures in ancien régime France.
  • Those ancien régime dynasts and statesmen knew what they were doing.
  • At the same time an amnesty was decreed for all those who had fought for freedom under the Ancien Régime.
  • The second and third consuls offer a good example of the consular ralliement: Cambacérès was a regicide, while Lebrun was a royal servant under the Ancien Régime.
  • Such a vision certainly harked back to the Ancien Régime conception of a society of ranks and orders.
  • In the Muslim tradition," Mr. Lewis noted, "justice is the standard" of good government—and the very thing the ancien regimes in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya so flagrantly traduced. Why Islamists Are Winning
  • a member of the Committee of Public Safety, denounced Madame de Fleury, in the strange jargon of the day, as "_the fosterer of a swarm of bad citizens, who were nourished in the anticivic prejudices_ de l'ancien regime, _and fostered in the most detestable superstitions, in defiance of the law_. Murad the Unlucky and Other Tales
  • Now an exile himself, he makes gentle but deadly fun of those émigrés who forgather, like the White Russians of old, in a café society devoted to toasting the ancien régime. The Persian Version
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