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raison d'état

Line breaks: rai¦son d'état
Pronunciation: /ˌreɪzɒ̃ deɪˈta
 
, ʀɛzɔ̃ deta/

Definition of raison d'état in English:

noun (plural raisons d'état pronounced same)

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.

Origin

French, literally 'reason of state'.

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