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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
JM Latin-English Dictionary
An act used to justify war
Casus belli Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
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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

WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. an event used to justify starting a war
(hypernym) beginning
Casus belli Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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is a Latin expression meaning the justification for acts of war. is related to the English word "case," and can mean "case," "incident", or "rupture". means bellic ("of war"). A nation's casus belli involves offences or threats directly against it, whereas a nation's involves offenses 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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