après moi le déluge

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EtymologyEdit

Literally, “after me, the deluge”. Attributed to French King Louis XV[1] or his mistress Madame de Pompadour.[2] Sometimes quoted as après nous le déluge (after us, the deluge).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /a.pʁɛ mwa l(ə) de.lyʒ/

PhraseEdit

après moi le déluge

  1. Used to indicate indifference to events that will happen after one’s death, or to indicate one’s own importance in maintaining order

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