Definition of pretext in English:
A reason given in justification of a course of action that is not the real reason: the rebels had the perfect pretext for making their move he called round on the pretext of asking after her mother
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- Various pretexts, excuses, and complications have been invoked over the years, but essentially this is a matter of politically motivated exclusion.
- We find pretexts and excuses to nip through the main room to check on David, bringing him half an orange, a chunk of chocolate, so he knows we're still thinking of him.
- The buzz is that the political agenda of the Minister's visit was merely a pretext.
early 16th century: from Latin praetextus 'outward display', from the verb praetexere 'to disguise', from prae 'before' + texere 'weave'.
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