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Wrongly praise ancient empire (6)


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'ancient empire' is the definition.
The definition and answer can be both locations as well as being singular nouns.
Perhaps there's an association between them I don't understand?

'wrongly praise' is the wordplay.
'wrongly' indicates an anagram (I've seen this in other clues).
'praise' anagrammed gives 'PERSIA'.

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(Other definitions for persia that I've seen before include "Old Iran" , "Praise be to ancient Iran" , "Former name of Iran" , "Old land" , "Iran, formerly" .)

I've seen this clue in The Hindu.
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