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raison d'état

[re-zawn dey-ta]
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noun plural rai·sons d'é·tat [re-zawn dey-ta] /rɛ zɔ̃ deɪˈta/ French.
  1. a purely political reason for governmental action, based on the national interest and often violating principles of justice.
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Origin of raison d'état

literally, reason of state
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Word Origin and History for raison d'etat

n.

from French raison d'état "reason of state," thus "convenience of the government."

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