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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Pretext \Pre"text\ (?; 277), n. [F. pr['e]texte, L. praetextum,
fr. praetextus, p. p. of praetexere to weave before, allege
as an excuse; prae before + texere to weave. See Text.]
Ostensible reason or motive assigned or assumed as a color or
cover for the real reason or motive; pretense; disguise.
They suck the blood of those they depend on, under a
pretext of service and kindness. --L'Estrange.
With how much or how little pretext of reason. --Dr. H.
Syn: Pretense; excuse; semblance; disguise; appearance. See
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: something serving to conceal plans; a fictitious reason
that is concocted in order to conceal the real reason [syn:
2: an artful or simulated semblance; "under the guise of
friendship he betrayed them" [syn: guise, pretense,
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
94 Moby Thesaurus words for "pretext":
acting, affectation, alibi, allege, alternative, appearance,
attitudinizing, avow, bluff, bluffing, camouflage, cheating,
choice, claim, cloak, color, coloring, cover, cover story,
deception, delusion, disguise, dissemblance, dissembling,
dissimulation, escape clause, escape hatch, excuse, explanation,
facade, face, fakery, faking, false air, false front, false show,
falsity, feigning, feint, four-flushing, fraud, front, gilt, gloss,
guise, humbug, humbuggery, imposture, loophole, masquerade,
meretriciousness, ostentation, outward show, playacting, plea,
pose, posing, posture, pretend, pretense, pretension, profess,
protest too much, purport, rational ground, rationale,
rationalization, reason, reason for, reason why, red herring,
representation, right, ruse, saving clause, seeming, semblance,
sham, show, simulacrum, simulation, speciousness, stated cause,
the big idea, the idea, the whatfor, the wherefore, the why,
underlying reason, varnish, veil, way of escape, way out,
From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :
PRETEXT. The reasons assigned to justify an act, which have only the
appearance of truth, and which are without foundation; or which if true are
not the true reasons for such act. Vattel, liv. 3, c. 3, 32.
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