|axis of evil||
- A group of states sponsoring terrorism and seeking weapons of mass destruction, originally defined as including Iran, Iraq, and North Korea.
- (astrophysics) A preferential axis which may have shaped the development of the universe, sometimes abbreviated AOE.
Etymology: First used by President w:George_W._Bush, George W. Bush in the State of the Union Address in 2002 http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2002/01/20020129-11.html. Possibly from a historical analogy to the w:German-Italian-Japanese Axis. Extended to astrophysics by Joío Magueijo in 2005.
- Dutch: as van het kwaad
- French: axe du mal
- German: Achse des Bí¶sen
- Italian: asse della malvagití (it)
- Spanish: eje del mal(es)
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