raison d'État

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French

Noun[edit]

raison d'État f (plural raisons d'État)

  1. A state interest, especially when invoked as politically superior to moral or even legal considerations.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

raison 'reason, rationale' + contracted form of de 'of' + état 'state'

Noun[edit]

raison d'État f (plural raisons d'État)

  1. a state interest, especially when invoked as politically superior to moral or even legal considerations
    La raison d'État constitue l'excuse parfaite pour tout abus politique
    State interests are the perfect excuse for all political abuses.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Often used absolutely, with the definite article: la raison d'État.

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