casus belli

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See also: Casus Belli

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin cāsus (case) + bellī (of war). The English homographic plural casus belli is also taken from Latin, where the plural of this phrase would be cāsūs bellī, with a long vowel ū in the first word, as is typical of the nominative plural of fourth-declension nouns.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkeɪ.səs ˈbɛl.aɪ/, /- ˈbɛl.i/
  • (plural) IPA(key): /ˈkeɪ.sus ˈbɛl.aɪ/

Noun[edit]

casus belli (plural casus belli or casus bellis)

  1. An act seen as justifying or causing a war; an act of war.
    • 1977, Alistair Horne, A Savage War of Peace, New York Review Books 2006, p. 309:
      Algiers seethed, and this was the casus belli for the ‘ultras’ to attempt a general strike.
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 138:
      Furthermore, if the French had airily waved away one potential casus belli, more than enough causes of potential conflict remained embedded in the Aix-la-Chapelle Treaty.
    • 2010, Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22, Atlantic 2011, p. 290:
      Had Saddam taken only the Rumaila oil field and the Bubiyan and Warba islands, there would have been no casus belli.
    • 2022 March 1, Mary Elise Sarotte, “I’m a Cold War Historian. We’re in a Frightening New Era.”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331:
      And Washington needs to communicate clearly with not only its allies but also the American public on the risks involved if spillover from Ukraine into Article 5 territory verges on a casus belli — an event that provokes a war.

Translations[edit]


Italian[edit]

Italian Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

From Latin.

Noun[edit]

casus belli m (invariable)

  1. casus belli

Polish[edit]

Polish Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

Unadapted borrowing from Latin cāsus bellī.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈka.zuz ˈbɛl.li/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛlli

Noun[edit]

casus belli n (indeclinable)

  1. (international law) casus belli

Further reading[edit]

  • casus belli in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • casus belli in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Portuguese[edit]

Portuguese Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

Unadapted borrowing from Latin cāsus bellī (literally case of war).

Noun[edit]

casus belli m (plural casuses bellis)

  1. casus belli