- n. obsolete Empire of China
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. China; -- so called from the Chinese words,
tien chan, Heavenly Dynasty, as being the kingdom ruled over by the dynasty appointed by heaven.
- n. See under Celestial.
“Athanasius Kircher further drew the attention of scholars the world over to the Celestial Empire in his "China monumentis illustrata" (1667).”
“Loch, like Flashman, paints a most unpleasant picture of the warlord, who worked himself into a fury, storming and yelling abuse at his prisoners while his guards beat them, forced them to kneel, and rubbed Loch's face in the dirt; he called Parkes a liar, accused him of trying to humiliate the Emperor and of preparing a treacherous attack on the Chinese forces, and added "that he would teach us what it was to speak to high officers of the Celestial Empire in the manner in which they had been addressed yesterday" (i.e. at the Tang-chao meeting with Prince I).”
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