cause (n.)
[duelling] one of the situations or grounds set out in the code of honour which justifies a duel
AYL V.iv.49[Touchstone to Jaques] the quarrel was upon the seventh cause
LLL I.ii.171[Armado alone, of fighting a duel] The first and second cause will not serve my turn
RJ II.iv.25[Mercutio to Benvolio, of Tybalt] A gentleman of the very first house, of the first and second cause
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