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  • n  a man of rank in the ancient regime

  • Also under the seigneur's thumb are ideology, law, philosophy, science, art.
  • Her droits de seigneur also include the right to keep the only pigeons and bitches on the island.
  • To the French soldiers who opposed him during Algeria's war of independence, Colonel Mohammed Chaabani was "the seigneur of the sands.

  • Denise Robertson in Sydney Morning Herald
    Still, as the British TV agony aunt Denise Robertson wrote this week of the break-up: "There are undertones of 'droit du seigneur' - a maiden dishonoured and then discarded."
  • TS Eliot in Economist
    Bertrand Russell was dazzled by him; TS Eliot called him a "Grand Seigneur, the grandest I have ever met."

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