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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

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

It cannot be too often stressed that Israel had no credible pretext for its 2008-9 attack on Gaza, with full U.S. support and illegally using U.S. weapons.
Noam Chomsky

She missed him the days when some pretext served to take him away from her, just as one misses the sun on a cloudy day without having thought much about the sun when it was shining.
Kate Chopin

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

To the wicked, everything serves as pretext.
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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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