The ancient régime, or Ancien régime[F.], the former political and social system, as distinguished from the modern; especially, the political and social system existing in France before the Revolution of 1789.

(Reg"i*men) n. [L. regimen, -inis, fr. regere to guide, to rule. See Right, and cf. Regal, Régime, Regiment.]

1. Orderly government; system of order; adminisration. Hallam.

2. Any regulation or remedy which is intended to produce beneficial effects by gradual operation; esp. (Med.), a systematic course of diet, etc., pursed with a view to improving or preserving the health, or for the purpose of attaining some particular effect, as a reduction of flesh; — sometimes used synonymously with hygiene.

3. (Gram.) (a) A syntactical relation between words, as when one depends on another and is regulated by it in respect to case or mood; government. (b) The word or words governed.

(Reg"i*ment) n. [F. régiment a regiment of men, OF. also government, L. regimentum government, fr. regere to guide, rule. See Regimen.]

1. Government; mode of ruling; rule; authority; regimen. [Obs.] Spenser. "Regiment of health." Bacon.

But what are kings, when regiment is gone,
But perfect shadows in a sunshine day?

The law of nature doth now require of necessity some kind of regiment.

(Re*ger`mi*na"tion) n. [L. regerminatio.] A germinating again or anew.

(Re*gest") n. [L. regesta, pl.: cf. OF. regestes, pl. See Register.] A register. [Obs.] Milton.

(Re*get") v. t. To get again.

(Re"gi*an) n. [L. regius regal.] An upholder of kingly authority; a royalist. [Obs.] Fuller.

(Reg"i*ble) a. [L. regibilis, from regere to rule.] Governable; tractable. [Obs.]

(Reg"i*ci`dal) a. Pertaining to regicide, or to one committing it; having the nature of, or resembling, regicide. Bp. Warburton.

(Reg"i*cide) n. [F. régicide; L. rex, regis, a king + caedere to kill. Cf. Homicide.]

1. One who kills or who murders a king; specifically (Eng.Hist.), one of the judges who condemned Charles I. to death.

2. The killing or the murder of a king.

(Re*gild") v. t. To gild anew.

(||Ré`gime") n. [F. See Regimen.]

1. Mode or system of rule or management; character of government, or of the prevailing social system.

I dream . . . of the new régime which is to come.
H. Kingsley.

2. (Hydraul.) The condition of a river with respect to the rate of its flow, as measured by the volume of water passing different cross sections in a given time, uniform régime being the condition when the flow is equal and uniform at all the cross sections.

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