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pre·text

 (prē′tĕkst′)
n.
A reason or excuse given to hide the real reason for something.

[Latin praetextum, from neuter past participle of praetexere, to disguise : prae-, pre- + texere, to weave; see teks- in Indo-European roots.]

pretext

(ˈpriːtɛkst)
n
1. a fictitious reason given in order to conceal the real one
2. a specious excuse; pretence
[C16: from Latin praetextum disguise, from praetexere to weave in front, disguise; see texture]

pre•text

(ˈpri tɛkst)

n.
1. something put forward to conceal a true purpose or object; ostensible reason; excuse.
2. the misleading appearance or behavior assumed with this intention; subterfuge.
[1505–15; < Latin praetextum pretext, ornament, n. use of neuter past participle of praetexere to edge with, place in front, pretend. See pre-, texture]

pretext

- From Latin praetexere, "to disguise," from prae, "in front," and texere, "weave"—as something serving to conceal plans.
See also related terms for weave.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pretext - something serving to conceal plans; a fictitious reason that is concocted in order to conceal the real reason
dissembling, feigning, pretense, pretence - pretending with intention to deceive
putoff - a pretext for delay or inaction
2.pretext - an artful or simulated semblancepretext - an artful or simulated semblance; "under the guise of friendship he betrayed them"
semblance, gloss, color, colour - an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading; "he hoped his claims would have a semblance of authenticity"; "he tried to give his falsehood the gloss of moral sanction"; "the situation soon took on a different color"

pretext

noun guise, excuse, veil, show, cover, appearance, device, mask, ploy, cloak, simulation, pretence, semblance, ruse, red herring, alleged reason They wanted a pretext to restart the war. He excused himself on the pretext of a stomach ache.

pretext

noun
1. A professed rather than a real reason:
2. An explanation offered to justify an action or make it better understood:
Translations
حُجَّةعُذْر كاذِب
výmluvazáminka
påskudundskyldning
tekosyy
izgovor
ürügy
yfirvarp
口実
핑계
atrunaiegansts
výhovorka
förevändning
ข้ออ้าง
cớ

pretext

[ˈpriːtekst] Npretexto m, excusa f
it's just a pretextno es más que un pretexto or una excusa
on or under the pretext of doing sthso pretexto or con la excusa de hacer algo

pretext

[ˈpriːtɛkst] nprétexte m
a pretext for doing sth → un prétexte pour faire qch
a pretext to do sth → un prétexte pour faire qch
on the pretext of sth → prétextant qch
He excused himself on the pretext of a stomach upset → Il s'est excusé, prétextant un mal d'estomac.
on the pretext of doing sth → sous prétexte de faire qch
under the pretext of doing sth → sous prétexte de faire qch
under the pretext of sth → sous prétexte de qch

pretext

nVorwand m; on or under the pretext of doing somethingunter dem Vorwand, etw zu tun

pretext

[ˈpriːtɛkst] npretesto
on or under the pretext of doing sth → col pretesto di fare qc

pretext

(ˈpriːtekst) noun
a reason given in order to hide the real reason; an excuse.

pretext

حُجَّة záminka påskud Vorwand πρόφαση pretexto tekosyy prétexte izgovor pretesto 口実 핑계 voorwendsel påskudd pretekst pretexto предлог förevändning ข้ออ้าง bahane cớ 借口
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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.
There was no longer any plausible pretext for delay; and Duncan was obliged, however reluctantly, to comply.
A week or two later, returning one morning from a stroll in the forest, Christie and Jessie were waylaid by George Kearney and Fairfax, and, under pretext of being shown a new and romantic trail, were diverted from the regular path.
At last, finding no other pretext for deferring the torture that she was to inflict on Clifford,--her reluctance to which was the true cause of her loitering at the window, her search for the artist, and even her abortive prayer,--dreading, also, to hear the stern voice of Judge Pyncheon from below stairs, chiding her delay,--she crept slowly, a pale, grief-stricken figure, a dismal shape of woman, with almost torpid limbs, slowly to her brother's door, and knocked!
On the spot, accordingly, in the pleasant hall and with her eyes on me, I, for a reason that I couldn't then have phrased, achieved an inward resolution--offered a vague pretext for my lateness and, with the plea of the beauty of the night and of the heavy dew and wet feet, went as soon as possible to my room.
Some stagger about in each other's arms, whispering maudlin words--others start quarrels upon the slightest pretext, and come to blows and have to be pulled apart.
Cassy kept her room and bed, on pretext of illness, during the whole time they were on Red river; and was waited on, with obsequious devotion, by her attendant.
Indeed, I have reason to suspect myself on this head; and each year, as the tax-gatherer comes round, I find myself disposed to review the acts and position of the general and State governments, and the spirit of the people to discover a pretext for conformity.
He was never long in a stranger's presence without finding some pretext or other to let out that great fact.
The whole congregation waited, under one pretext or another, till she finished her dinner and went out; they wanted to see her at full altitude, and they found it worth tarrying for.
I had to get out of it on some pretext or other, and maybe I chose badly, being taken unawares, but no honorable person could consent to meet him in the field, knowing what I knew about him.
Dashwood's visit to Lady Middleton took place the next day, and two of her daughters went with her; but Marianne excused herself from being of the party, under some trifling pretext of employment; and her mother, who concluded that a promise had been made by Willoughby the night before of calling on her while they were absent, was perfectly satisfied with her remaining at home.