axis of evil

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First used by President George W. Bush in the State of the Union Address in 2002 [1]. Possibly from a historical analogy to the German-Italian-Japanese Axis. Extended to astrophysics by João Magueijo in 2005.


axis of evil (plural axes of evil)

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  1. A group of states, accused by George W. Bush, of sponsoring terrorism and seeking weapons of mass destruction, originally defined as including Iran, Iraq, and North Korea.
  2. (astrophysics) A preferential axis which may have shaped the development of the universe, sometimes abbreviated AOE.