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Departʹment

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France is divided into departments, as Great Britain and Ireland are divided into counties or shires. From 1768 it was divided into governments, of which thirty-two were grand and eight petit. In 1790, by a decree of the Constituent Assembly, it was mapped out de nevo into eighty-three departments. In 1804 the number of departments was increased to 107, and in 1812 to 130. In 1815 the territory was reduced to eighty-six departments, and continued so till 1860, when Savoy and Nice were added. The present number is eighty-seven.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Dennis (John)
Dénouement
Denys (St.)
Deo Gratias (Latin)
Deo Juvante (Latin)
Deo, non Fortunâ (Latin)
Deo Volente
Deodand
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Department
Dependence
Depinges
Deputations
Depute
Derbend [iron]
Derby Stakes
Derive
Dernier Ressort (French)
Derrick
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