Sick-man-of-europe meaning

(archaic, politics) Ottoman Empire.
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Origin of sick-man-of-europe

  • A calque of a phrase coined by Czar Nicholas I, Romanov, of the Empire of Russia: больной человек Европы (bolʹnoj čelovek Jevropy). This name for the Turkish Ottoman Empire refers to the sickly state of the Ottoman state in the 19th century.

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