傾國

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Chinese[edit]

 
to overturn; to collapse; to lean; to tend; to incline; to pour out
country; state; nation
trad. (傾國)
simp. (倾国)

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Noun[edit]

傾國

  1. (archaic) a drop-dead gorgeous woman; a beauty who could drive a man to distraction; a woman so beautiful, that he might be tempted to ignore his duties at court, and thus bring about the downfall of his empire

Usage notes[edit]

The story encapsulated by this word also figures prominently in the movie House of Flying Daggers.

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