倾国

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Mandarin[edit]

simpl.
trad. 傾國

Etymology[edit]

Noun[edit]

倾国 (simplified, Pinyin qīngguó, traditional 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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