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casus belli -- (Latin)
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  • No quarter, war to the death! a pretty woman is a casus belli; a pretty woman is flagrant misdemeanor.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Perhaps we can prevent the establishment of a German naval base to the south not by declaring war on Turkey, which seems rather a roundabout way of doing it, but by informing the Germans that it would be casus belli.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
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