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Meaning of "ci-devant" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD CI-DEVANT

Literally: heretofore.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF CI-DEVANT

ci-devant  [sidəvɑ̃] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF CI-DEVANT

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Ci-Devant is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES CI-DEVANT MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Ci-devant

In post-Revolutionary France, ci-devant nobility were those nobles who refused to be reconstituted into the new social order or to accept any of the political, cultural, and social changes brought about in France by the French Revolution. They were often distinguished by their manners as much as by their political views, both of which remained loyal to the attitudes and values of pre-Revolutionary France. The term ci-devant, itself often derogatory, comes from the French, meaning "from before" and technically applied to members of the French nobility of the ancien régime after it had lost its titles and privileges during the French Revolution. "Ci-devant" may be compared to the English language term late, as it expresses the death of the nobility during the legislative agenda of the Revolution. Prior to the Revolution, the term ci-devant was a common expression, although then it was used to aristocrats who had fallen into financial or social ruin - namely "people or things dispossessed of their estate or quality.

Definition of ci-devant in the English dictionary

The definition of ci-devant in the dictionary is former; recent.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE CI-DEVANT

ci
CIA
ciabatta
Ciano
ciao
CIB
cibachrome
cibation
Cibber
ciboria
ciborium
CICA
cicada
cicadae
cicadellid
cicala
cicale
cicatrice
cicatrices
cicatricial

WORDS THAT END LIKE CI-DEVANT

adjuvant
bon vivant
civil servant
conservant
domestic servant
gallivant
general servant
grievant
Havant
idiot savant
irrelevant
levant
maidservant
manservant
observant
public servant
relevant
savant
servant
the Levant

Synonyms and antonyms of ci-devant in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «ci-devant» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF CI-DEVANT

Find out the translation of ci-devant to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of ci-devant from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «ci-devant» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

CI-德旺
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

ci- devant
570 millions of speakers

English

ci-devant
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

भूतपूर्व
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

CI- devant
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

CI- деван
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

ci- devant
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

CI-devant
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

ci-devant
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Ci-devant
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

ci- devant
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

CI-デヴァント
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

CI- 어느 부대가 최전선에 있지
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Ci-devant
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

ci - devant
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

சிஐ-Devant
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

सी-डेव्हंट
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

ci-devant
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

ci- devant
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

ci- devant
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

CI - деван
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

ci - devant
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ci - devant
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

ci - devant
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

ci- devant
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

ci - devant
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of ci-devant

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «CI-DEVANT»

The term «ci-devant» is normally little used and occupies the 119.887 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «CI-DEVANT» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about ci-devant

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «CI-DEVANT»

Discover the use of ci-devant in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to ci-devant and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Reply to Thomas Walker, Esq. Ci-devant Cornet in ...
George Robert Fitzgerald. fire. But I was confcious ifi my own mind, a quibble might arife in your breaft, therefore to remove all poftible mifreprefentation of the fact, I very coolly took a key out of my pocket in order to hack my flint; and whilft I was ...
George Robert Fitzgerald, 1775
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The Critical Review: Or, Annals of Literature
I went late, and found the assembly very numerous: at the upper part of the hall were seated princesses Joseph and Louis Buonaparte, with Madame Fouche, Madame Ricderer; the -ci-devant Duchess de Fleury, and Marchioness de Clermont ...
Tobias George Smollett, 1806
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The secret history of the court and cabinet of St. Cloud: in ...
in a series of letters from a gentleman at Paris to a nobleman in London, written during the months of August, September, and October, 1805 Stewarton, Lewis Goldsmith. Fouche, Madame Roederer ; the ci- devant Duchess de Fleury, and ...
Stewarton, Lewis Goldsmith, 1806
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The Modern Gazetteer: Being a Copious Geographical ...
z.o-Roniuoo, a town of Por-' tugal, in Tra-los-Montes, so miles W. of Cividad Rodrigo, in Spain. Lon. 6. 22. VV. Lat. 41. 40. N. Cas'rr.u.o SAN PIETRO, a town of Italy, in the late republican department of the Reno, and ci-devant Bolognese.
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The new encyclopædia; or, Universal dictionary ofarts and ...
Castelnau be Brasrac, in the department of Upper Garonne, and ci devant province of Upper Languedoc. 3. Castj lnau de Bretenous, in the department of Lot, and ci-devant province of Qnerci. 4. Castelnau d'Estefond, in the department of ...
Encyclopaedia Perthensis, 1807
6
Statuts Provinciaux Du Bas-Canada
... somme de vingt livres sterling, nonobstant aucune loi à ce contraire. II. Et vu que par l'Acte ci-devant mentionné dans la dernière Session de la Législature, il a été statué que tous records, regîtres et procédures en garde ou appartenant à la ...
Québec (Province), Québec (Province)., 1795
7
Encyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the ...
ted to it, and forming one of the fauxbourgs. CLERVAUT, or ? a town of France, in the It contains about 16,000 inhabitants, and has a CLERVAUX, $ department of Vienne, and coniiderable commerce in corn, wine, wool, ci-devant province ot ...
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Encyclopaedia perthensis, or, Universal dictionary of the ...
BOURDINES, a town of France, in the ci-devant Austrian Netherlands, now included in one of the new French departments. It is lom.NE. of Namur. Lon. 5. o. E. Lat. 50. 35. N. (1.) BOURDON, Sebastian, a famous painter, born at Montpelier in ...
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Journal Official de la Convention de L'Etat de la Louisiane
M. Tappan, an nom dn comi te jndiciaire, demande la prise en considération d' nne ordonnance déjà présentée par lni relativement anx crimes et délits commis nons le régime des lois dn ci-devant gonvernement des Etats-Unis, laqnelle, snr  ...
Louisiana. Constitutional Convention, 1861
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Court Memoirs of France Series (Complete)
They were conversing with M. Mathew de Montmorency, the contractor (a ci- devant lackey) Collot, the ci-devant Duc de Fitz-James, and the legislator Martin, a cidevant porter: several groups in the several apartments were composed of a ...
Various

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «CI-DEVANT»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term ci-devant is used in the context of the following news items.
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La Ligne bleue en faillite
Applaudissements mérités pour le maire et Manon Gauthier, ci-devant responsable de la Culture, du Patrimoine, du Design, d'Espace pour la ... «LaPresse.ca, Mar 15»
2
CAMEROUN :: Les chefs Bamiléké sont-ils au dessus de la justice …
... la somme de 125 millions au plaignant Blaise Pascal Talla, ci-devant directeur de publication du journal panafricain Jeune Afrique Economie ... «camer.be, Feb 15»
3
De la fuite des cerveaux à une diaspora de l'intelligence
Dans l'absolu et en dehors de toute morale à l'ancienne ou de sentiment patriotique, le ci-devant expatrié devra à son pays le prix de sa formation. L'Algérie, qui ... «Liberté-Algérie, Dec 14»
4
Fighting the status quo with JI
What else could be more pleasing than seeing a humanly – albeit ci-devant – adulterated and angelic – albeit baleful – pureness in a single ... «The Nation, Nov 14»
5
La rhétorique de la qualification et les controverses d'étiquetage
20Par contre, les historiens français n'appliquent pas volontiers à leur passé colonial la catégorie de « génocide » que les historiens ci-devant ... «Revues.org, Oct 14»
6
Why stigmatise poor birds and insects by naming cyclones after them?
The stipulation that names for hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones must not be culturally insensitive is well taken, though ci-devant Greek and ... «Economic Times, Oct 14»
7
CAMEROUN::Cameroun - Folie des grandeurs : Amba Salla se …
Inspecteur des douanes passé par l'École nationale d'administration et de magistrature (Enam) de Yaoundé, le ci-devant vice-président du ... «Camer.be, Jul 14»
8
Alain Farah, pilote d'ovni
... de fous, plus on lit ! de la (ci-devant) Première Chaîne de Radio-Canada - consacrées aux mots à la mode ou aux classiques de la littérature. «Le Devoir, Aug 13»
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Les enfants vivants avec des homosexuels subissent des inégalités
Nous allons ici synthétiser l'étude, en conseillant fortement au lecteur de lire surtout le document ci-devant mentionné, qui est plus précis et ... «Nouvelles de France, Jun 13»
10
L'histoire de la philosophie : une affaire de conversion ?
Qu'est-ce donc que j'ai cru être ci-devant ? Sans difficulté, j'ai pensé que j'étais un homme. [Descartes 1996, AT IX, 20]. 39La méditation est en soi conversion, ... «Revues.org, Feb 13»

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« EDUCALINGO. Ci-Devant [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/ci-devant>. May 2019 ».
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