pretext

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pretext

something put forward to conceal a true purpose; an ostensible reason; excuse: The leaders used presumed threats as a pretext to declare war.; subterfuge; evasion
Not to be confused with:
pretense – pretending or feigning: a pretense of listening; a false show of something: his sympathy was only a pretense; an allegation or claim: get a loan under false pretenses; shamming; semblance; mask, veil

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