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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

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 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

Whether one believes in evolution, intelligent design, or Divine Creation, one thing is certain. Since the beginning of history, human beings have been at war with each other, under the pretext of religion, ideology, ethnicity and other reasons. And no civilization has ever willingly given up its most powerful weapons.
Mohamed ElBaradei

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

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