Casus-belli meaning

kāsəs bĕlī, käsəs bĕlē
An act or event that provokes or is used to justify war.
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An event provoking war or used as a pretext for making war.
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An act seen as justifying or causing a war.
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Origin of casus-belli

  • New Latin cāsus bellī Latin cāsus occasion Latin bellī genitive of bellum war

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin casus (“case”) + belli (“of war”).

    From Wiktionary