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America again exposed monstrous European citizen (8)


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'citizen' is the definition.
(I have seen 'European citizen' mean 'athenian' so perhaps 'citizen' could also mean 'athenian')

'america again exposed monstrous european' is the wordplay.
'america' becomes 'A' (common abbreviation - e.g. in organisation names).
'again' becomes 'then' (I've seen this before).
'exposed monstrous european' becomes 'ian' (I can't justify this - if you can you should give a lot more credence to this answer).

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(Other definitions for athenian that I've seen before include "Native of Grecian capital" , "Citizen of capital of Hellas" , "Citizen of Greece's capital" , "of capital city" , "Native of Greek capital" .)

I've seen this clue in The Independent.
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