après moi le déluge

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Etymology[edit]

Literally, “after me, the deluge”. Attributed to French King Louis XV[1] or his mistress Madame de Pompadour.[2] Sometimes quoted as après nous le déluge (after us, the deluge).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /a.pʁɛ mwa l(ə) de.lyʒ/

Phrase[edit]

après moi le déluge

  1. Used to indicate indifference to events that will happen after one’s death, or to indicate one’s own importance in maintaining order
    • 2011 November 21, David Gergen, “Have they gone nuts in Washington?”, in CNN.com[1]:
      Sorry, our noble leaders tell us, we have to focus now on election 2012. What was it that Louis XV used to say? "Après moi, le déluge"?

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