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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • Emperor of the French (1852–1870). A nephew of Napoleon I, he led the opposition to Louis Philippe and became president of the Second Republic (1848–1852). After proclaiming himself emperor (1852), he instituted reforms and rebuilt Paris. His successful imperialist ventures were overshadowed by a failed campaign in Mexico (1861–1867) and the Franco-Prussian War (1870–1871), which resulted in his deposition.

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  • noun nephew of Napoleon I and emperor of the French from 1852 to 1871 (1808-1873)

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