ancien régime

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From French ancien régime (former rule, former order); the term first appeared in English print in 1794.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

ancien régime (plural anciens régimes)

  1. (derogatory) 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.

TranslationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ‖ancien régime” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd Ed.; 1989]

FrenchEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɑ̃.sjɛ̃ ʁe.ʒim/

NounEdit

ancien régime m (plural anciens régimes)

  1. a former government

Usage notesEdit

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.

DescendantsEdit

  • English: ancien régime
  • Portuguese: ancien régime

PortugueseEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From French ancien régime.

NounEdit

ancien régime m (plural anciens régimes)

  1. ancien régime (system of government long since supplanted by another)