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Definition of Casus belli

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rise to war, escalation to war
Casus belli Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
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An act used to justify war
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casus belli
casus belli, an event or combination of events which is a cause war, or may be alleged as a justification of war...
see also casus

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1. an event used to justify starting a war
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is a Latin expression meaning "An act or event that provokes or is used to justify war". Casus is a 4th declension masculine noun. Related to the English word "case", can mean "case", "incident", or "rupture". Belli is the genitive singular case of bellum, belli, a neuter noun of the 2nd declension. means of war. A nation's casus belli involves direct offences or threats against it, whereas a nation's involves offences or threats to an ally nation or nations—usually one with which it has a mutual defence pact, such as NATO.

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