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Académie

Académie  

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Is a word with several different meanings in French cultural history. In the world of education it has designated since the time of Napoleon the 16 regional divisions (each with ...
Académie De Musique Et De Poésie

Académie De Musique Et De Poésie  

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Institution founded in Paris in 1570 by Charles IX to foster the love and study of arts.
Académie Française

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Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment

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2005
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History, modern history (1700 to 1945)
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1,040 words

When the Académie was founded in 1635, its essential role was to purify and standardize the French language and

Académie Française

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The New Oxford Companion to Literature in French

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2005
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Literature
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675 words

This hallowed institution began as a circle of writers grouped round Conrart in c.1629. Getting wind of this

Académie Française

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World Encyclopedia

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2004
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Encyclopedias
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63 words

Official French literary society, now part of the Institut de France. Originating as a private discussion group whose members

Académie française

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The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
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History, Social sciences
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103 words

Oldest of the five academies composing the *Institut de France, it was founded in 1635 by Cardinal Richelieu. Membership,

Académie française

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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2006
a French literary academy with a constant membership of forty, responsible for the standard form of the French language and for compiling and revising a definitive dictionary of the French ... More
Antoine Furetière

Antoine Furetière  

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(1619–88).Satirist and lexicographer. A member of the Parisian legal bourgeoise, he lived all his life in the capital, acquiring a sinecure as an abbot in 1662. In 1648 he ...
Cardinal Richelieu

Cardinal Richelieu  

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(1585–1642), French theologian and politician. He was created a cardinal in 1622; he became President of the Council of Ministers in 1624 and from 1629 he was chief minister of France. Seeking to ...
Charles Perrault

Charles Perrault  

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(1628–1703),French writer, is remembered today for a collection of fairy tales published under the name of his son Pierre: Histoires et contes du temps passé (1697), subtitled ‘Contes de ma Mère ...
Cid, the

Cid, the  

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(c. 1030–99),the favourite hero of Spain in whose story history and myth are difficult to disentangle. Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, el Cid Campeador, of a noble Castilian family, rose to fame by his ...
classicism

classicism  

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1. The classical aesthetic ideals of simplicity, form, order, harmony, balance, clarity, decorum, restraint, serenity, unity, and proportion—together with an emphasis on reason. The term is not ...
Claude Favre de Vaugelas

Claude Favre de Vaugelas  

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(1585–1650).Son of the famous jurisconsult, Antoine Favre, Vaugelas spent his early life in Savoy. On moving to Paris in 1607 he was employed in the households of, first, the ...
Comte de Buffon

Comte de Buffon  

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(1707–1788) French naturalistThe son of wealthy Burgundian landowners, Buffon was born in Montbard; he studied law at Dijon and medicine at Angers. After traveling in Italy and England, he inherited ...
dictionaries

dictionaries  

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The origins of the English dictionary are found in the late 16th cent. when people became aware of the two levels of English (‘learned’, ‘literary’, ‘inkhorn’, distinct from ‘spoken’, ‘popular’) to ...
Edmund Gosse

Edmund Gosse  

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Edmund Gosse (1849–1928) was the most influential arbiter of taste during the last two decades of the nineteenth century and the first two decades of the twentieth. Through readable essays ...
éloge

éloge  

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[ay-lohzh]The French term for a eulogy or encomium, and in literary contexts especially for a solemn speech, usually published later as a kind of obituary tribute, given to one of the great French ...
Eloquence

Eloquence  

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Modern usage applies the concept of eloquence in various ways, at times with an implication of distrust, as if a choice had to be made between art and sincerity. But ...
French

French  

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Among the many territories conquered by speakers of Latin during the creation of the Roman Empire was a large area occupied predominantly by Celts, and known then as Gallia (later ...
Institut de France

Institut de France  

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Formed in 1795, and housed in the former Collège des Quatre-Nations on Quai Conti, Paris, since 1805, the Institut de France regroups five academies: Académie française, Académie des Inscriptions et ...

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