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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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

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  1. ^ A reference to the Emperor Xuanzong of Tang, whose relationship to Yang Guifei brought to mind the Emperor Wu of Han's relationship to his concubine, Consort Li. Bai Juyi would have considered it unpoetic to refer to his subject directly.