Ancien Régime

  1. Proper noun.  (context, historically pejorative connotations) The aristocratic social and political system established in France under the Valois and Bourbon dynasties, overthrown by the French Revolution of 1789.
  2. Noun.  (context, pejorative connotations) 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 or 天命 with the explicit consent of an established church.

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