casus belli

noun ca·sus bel·li \ˈkä-səs-ˈbe-ˌlē, ˈkā-səs-ˈbe-ˌlī\

Definition of casus belli


casus belli

\ˈkä-ˌsüs-, ˈkā-ˌsüs-\
  1. :  an event or action that justifies or allegedly justifies a war or conflict

Origin and Etymology of casus belli

New Latin, occasion of war

First Known Use: circa 1841

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