Definition of raison d'état in English:

raison d'état

Syllabification: rai·son d'é·tat
Pronunciation: /rāˌzän dāˈtä

noun (plural raisons d'état /rāˈzôN(z)/)

A purely political reason for action on the part of a ruler or government, especially where a departure from openness, justice, or honesty is involved.


French, literally 'reason of state'.

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