See also: Ancien Régime
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: (approximately): äɴsiăɴ ʀézhim, IPA(key): [ɑ̃siæ̃ ʁeʒim],
- (US) IPA(key): /ɑ̃.sjɛ̃ ɹeɪ.ˈʒim/
ancien régime (plural anciens régimes)
- (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.
The term is used generically in French to refer to any previous government, without automatic negative connotations. In English, the term is generally used pejoratively.