casus belli

[key-suhs bel-ahy, bel-ee; Latin kah-soos bel-lee]
noun, plural casus belli [key-suhs bel-ahy, bel-ee; Latin kah-soos bel-lee] .
an event or political occurrence that brings about a declaration of war.

1840–50; < Neo-Latin: literally, occurrence of war Unabridged
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casus belli (ˈkɑːsʊs ˈbɛliː)
n , pl casus belli
1.  an event or act used to justify a war
2.  the immediate cause of a quarrel
[literally: occasion of war]

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casus belli
1849, from L. casus "case" + belli, gen. of bellum "war." An act justifying war.
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