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Synonyms for pretext
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pretext, stalking-horse(noun)

    something serving to conceal plans; a fictitious reason that is concocted in order to conceal the real reason

    Synonyms:
    pretence, guise, stalking-horse, pretense

  2. guise, pretense, pretence, pretext(noun)

    an artful or simulated semblance

    "under the guise of friendship he betrayed them"

    Synonyms:
    pretending, pretence, simulation, pretense, pretension, feigning, guise, make-believe, stalking-horse, dissembling

Wiktionary

  1. pretext(verb)

    Synonyms:
    blag

  2. pretext(verb)

    To employ a pretext, which involves using a false or contrived purpose for soliciting the gain of something else.

    The spy obtained his phone records using possibly-illegal pretexting methods.

    Synonyms:
    blag

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. pretext

    A pretense, in the unfavorable, which is also the usual sense, is something advanced or displayed for the purpose of concealing the reality. A person makes a pretense of something for the credit or advantage to be gained by it; he makes what is allowed or approved a pretext for doing what would be opposed or condemned; a tricky schoolboy makes a pretense of doing an errand which he does not do, or he makes the actual doing of an errand a pretext for playing truant. A ruse is something (especially something slight or petty) employed to blind or deceive so as to mask an ulterior design, and enable a person to gain some end that he would not be allowed to approach directly. A pretension is a claim that is or may be contested; the word is now commonly used in an unfavorable sense. Compare ARTIFICE; HYPOCRISY.

    Synonyms:
    affectation, air, assumption, cloak, color, disguise, dissimulation, excuse, mask, pretense, pretension, ruse, seeming, semblance, show, simulation, subterfuge, trick, wile

    Antonyms:
    actuality, candor, fact, frankness, guilelessness, honesty, ingenuousness, openness, reality, simplicity, sincerity, truth

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. pretext(n.)

    Synonyms:
    show (to conceal a thing done), appearance, affectation, simulation, mask, color, PRETENCE

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "pretext":

    excuse, guise, pretence, alibi, pretense, cloak

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How to use pretext in a sentence?

  1. Zhao Lijian:

    It is only using this as a pretext to oppress Chinese companies, destabilize Xinjiang and slander China's Xinjiang policy.

  2. Bernd Meyring:

    Where digital content is geoblocked this can often be a result of national intellectual property rights. Assessing whether this is a genuine concern or a pretext to separate the internal market is a delicate exercise in each of these cases, given all the limitations of existing tools, legislation would be a far more appropriate tool to deal with the issue than trying to use an imperfect tool box.

  3. Michele Hunter:

    Meat-eaters are not a protected class under constitutional law, so they would not be able to raise a discrimination claim unless they could link to ‘ disparate impact, ’ meaning that landlords say they’re screening out meat-eaters but it’s actually a pretext for screening out people of color or a particular gender.

  4. Charles Cooper:

    This is a transparent attempt to use national security as a pretext to censor Mr. Bolton, in violation of his constitutional right to speak on matters of the utmost public import. This attempt will not succeed, and Mr. Bolton's book will be published June 23.

  5. Selahattin Demirtas:

    The AK Party is dragging the country into a period of conflict, seeking revenge for the loss of its majority in the June election, hDP passing the threshold and the AK Party losing its parliamentary majority are being used as a pretext for war.


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