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Definition of Pretext

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

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

To the wicked, everything serves as pretext.
Voltaire

We have it. The smoking gun. The evidence. The potential weapon of mass destruction we have been looking for as our pretext of invading Iraq. There's just one problem - it's in North Korea.
Jon Stewart

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
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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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