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Ancient regime

Contemporary Examples

Smiles, or lack thereof, did not bring down the ancient regime, of course.
The French Court’s Royal Ban on Smiles William O’Connor December 13, 2014

Historical Examples

In Virginia there continued to appear from England adherents of the ancient regime.
Pioneers of the Old South Mary Johnston

Their wars became less and less the holy wars of freedom, and more and more like the aggressive wars of the ancient regime.
A Short History of the World H. G. Wells

The Town Trustees and the ancient regime, as they call it—gone!
In the Mayor’s Parlour J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher

He wanted very much to see Versailles again; he was very fond of the ancient regime.
The Portrait of a Lady Henry James

For this purpose the throne and all the institutions of the ancient regime, some of them very excellent, were all overthrown.
The Religious Persecution in France 1900-1906 Jane Milliken Napier Brodhead

The Aristocracy was cemented by a common principle, of preserving the ancient regime, or whatever should be nearest to it.
The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Vol. I (of 9) Thomas Jefferson

Mrs. Clemens asked the young salesman for a copy of Taine’s ancient regime.
The Americanization of Edward Bok Edward William Bok

The work was incomplete, I admit: we demolished the ancient regime in deeds; we were not able to suppress it entirely in ideas.
Les Misrables Victor Hugo

The aristocracy was cemented by a common principle of preserving the ancient regime or whatever should be nearest to it.
Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson


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