Casus Belli

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Casus Belli

 

a term used in diplomacy to designate an event or fact serving as a direct formal ground or pretext for the declaration of a state of war. For example, the casus belli for World War I was the murder in Sarajevo of the Austrian archduke Ferdinand.

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