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Refusal abroad to accept a European emperor (8)

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napoleon

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'emperor' is the definition.
(Napoleon is an example)

'refusal abroad to accept a european' is the wordplay.
'refusal abroad' becomes 'non' (I can't justify this - if you can you should give a lot more credence to this answer).
'to accept' means one lot of letters goes inside another.
'european' becomes 'pole' (Pole is an example).
'a'+'pole'='apole'
'non' enclosing 'apole' is 'NAPOLEON'.

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