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unholy alliance

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EtymologyEdit

unholy +‎ alliance

A play on the name, Holy Alliance, for a coalition of Russia, Austria, and Prussia in 1815, used in 1855 for Western European alliances with the Ottoman Empire against the interests of Russia, Greece, and most of the Balkans.

Another use was in the 1912 US Progressive Party platform and quoted by Theodore Roosevelt in his autobiography:

"To destroy this invisible Government, to dissolve the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day." - 1912 Progressive Party platform.

NounEdit

unholy alliance (uncountable)

  1. a coalition among seemingly antagonistic groups, especially if one is religious, for ad hoc or hidden gain. (See examples under "In literature:")
  2. parody of same. (See examples under "Unholy Alliance may refer to:")

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