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the emperor's new clothes

Something widely accepted as true or professed as being praiseworthy due to an unwillingness of the general population to criticize it or be seen as going against popular opinion. Taken from the Hans Christian Andersen fable of the same name, in which a vain king is sold imaginary clothing (i.e. really nothing at all) by two weavers who promise him that it is visible only to the wise, and cannot be seen by those who are ignorant, incompetent, or unfit for their position. The company's newest device is, in fact, a complete waste of money, but so many people are invested in their brand loyalty that they will continue to buy and adore it like the emperor's new clothes.
See also: clothes, new

little emperor

An only child in a modern Chinese family who is seen as spoiled, overly protected, or the center of excessive amounts of attention. The phenomenon (and resulting term) is seen to have arisen in large part due to China's one-child policy. It's quite plain in their house that the parents yield to the whim of their little emperor.
See also: emperor, little

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the ˌemperor has no ˈclothes

used to describe a situation in which everybody suddenly realises that they were mistaken in believing that somebody/something was very good, important, etc: Soon, investors will realize that the emperor has no clothes and there will be a big sell-off in stocks.This comes from a story by Hans Christian Andersen. Two men offer to make an emperor a new suit from a very light material which they say stupid people cannot see. When the emperor puts on the suit, nobody wants to appear stupid so they all praise his new clothes. However, when a little boy asks why the emperor has no clothes on, everybody admits that they can see no clothes and that the emperor is naked.
See also: clothes, new
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The traditional emperorship was a closed system, and was "ruled as in a family" (jia tianxia).
As a result, Pu Yi proceeded to spend the next several decades simultaneously seeking to escape the institutional constraints of his (ex-)emperorship, on the one hand, while at the same time struggling to find a way to revive the institution of the (actual) emperorship, on the other.
It will probably show Palpatine's rise to the emperorship and the events that turn Skywalker to the Dark Side of the Force.
Heim, `Les figures du prince ideal au IVe siecle: du type au modele', in Figures de l'Ancien Testament chez les Peres, Cahiers de Biblia Patristica, 2 (Strasbourg, 1989), has demonstrated that the interpretation of Christian emperorship was significantly `toned down' between the time of Constantine and the end of the fourth century.
Oh, my goodness, how all this reminded him of reading Napoleon's Revenge in high school, about the disgraced prisoner on the island of Elba who for a while regains his lost emperorship of France.
The product of months of American planning (and a few hurried days of American drafting), the constitution was partly intended by both MacArthur and State Department officials in Washington as a means of obviating the need to abolish the monarchy or arrest Hirohito by stripping the emperorship of its powers, and thus removing a chief domestic criticism of the throne.
Lam, "Huizong's Dashengyue, a Musical Performance of Emperorship and Officialdom," in Emperor Huizong and Late Northern Song China: The Politics of Culture and the Culture of Politics, ed.
The deputation that travelled from Frankfurt to Berlin to offer Frederick the emperorship soon encountered difficulties.
Ebrey's work demonstrates the complex relationship between Taoism, art, and emperorship, while also endeavoring to confront the problem of the Taoist nature of Huizong's paintings.