Casus-belli



an event or political occurrence that brings about a declaration of war.
noun (pl) casus belli (ˈkɑːsʊs ˈbɛliː)
an event or act used to justify a war
the immediate cause of a quarrel
n.

1849, from Latin casus “case” (see case (n.1)) + belli, genitive of bellum “war” (see bellicose). An act justifying war.

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