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This week's theme: words about war.
casus belli (KAY-suhs BEL-i, rhymes with eye, BEL-ee) noun plural casus belli
An action or event that causes or is used to justify starting a war.
[From New Latin casus belli, from Latin casus (occasion), belli, genitive of bellum (war).]
-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)
"Education, both secondary and tertiary, remains a battleground, though the casus belli seems to be more about funding than egalitarianism." Stan Heyl; Class War - The Struggle Goes On; The Independent (London, UK); May 19, 2001.
What's madness but nobility of soul at odds with circumstance? -Theodore Roethke, poet (1908-1963)