The Alternative English Dictionary: ancien régime

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ancien régime etymology From French ancien régime; the term first appeared in English print in 1794. pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, [ɑ̃siæ̃ ʁeʒim],“[ ‖ancien régime]” listed in the '''Oxford English Dictionary''' [2<sup>nd</sup> Ed.; 1989]
  • (US) /ɑ̃.sjɛ̃ ɹeɪ.ˈʒim/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (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.

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