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axis powers

noun

a group of countries that opposed the Allied powers in World War II, including Germany, Italy, and Japan as well as Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, and Yugoslavia

Examples

The Axis powers were led by Nazi Germany.

Word Origin

from the common pivot on which such an association revolves

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Germany, Italy, and Japan, which were allied before and during World War II. (Compare Allies.)

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