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Definition of Pretext


  1. Ostensible reason or motive assigned or assumed as a color or cover for the real reason or motive; pretense; disguise.

Pretext Quotations

It is wrong to try to avoid the struggle against imperialism under the pretext that independence and revolution are important, but that peace is still more precious.
Kim Il-sung

Disturbances in society are never more fearful than when those who are stirring up the trouble can use the pretext of religion to mask their true designs.
Denis Diderot

We excuse our sloth under the pretext of difficulty.

'Emergencies' have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded.
Friedrich August von Hayek

If there is no sufficient reason for war, the war party will make war on one pretext, then invent another... after the war is on.
Robert M. La Follette
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Pretext Translations

pretext in Dutch is smoesje, smoes, draaierij, dekmantel
pretext in German is Scheingrund
pretext in Spanish is pretexto
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