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ˈpri tɛkstpre·text

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Wiktionary4.0 / 1 vote

  1. pretextverb

    Synonyms:
    blag

  2. pretextverb

    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 Antonyms5.0 / 1 vote

  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

Princeton's WordNet0.0 / 0 votes

  1. pretext, stalking-horsenoun

    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, pretextnoun

    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

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Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. pretextnoun

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

PPDB, the paraphrase database0.0 / 0 votes

  1. List of paraphrases for "pretext":

    excuse, guise, pretence, alibi, pretense, cloak

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How to use pretext in a sentence?

  1. Hanan Ashrawi:

    Israel is stealing land specially in the Jordan Valley under the pretext it wants to annex it, this should be a reason for a real and effective intervention by the international community to end such a flagrant and grave aggression which kills all chances of peace.

  2. Lloyd Austin:

    I think if a chemical or biological weapon was used, you would see a significant reaction from not only the United States, but also the global community, i think what we've seen from the Russians in the past is they're raising issues and creating a pretext so that if they did something in the battle space, they could blame it on somebody else, either Ukrainians or us, NATO.

  3. Former President Trump:

    On a phony pretext from a highly political magistrate who they hand-picked late in the evening just days before the break-in and trampled upon my rights and civil liberties as if our country that we love so much were a third world nation, we’re like a third world nation.

  4. Antony Blinken:

    First Russia plans to manufacture a pretext for its attack – this could be a violent event that Russia will bring on Ukraine or an outrageous accusation that Russia will level against the Ukrainian government.

  5. Ernest Renan:

    Never has any one been less a priest than Jesus, never a greater enemy of forms, which stifle religion under the pretext of protecting it. By this we are all his disciples and his successors; by this he has laid the eternal foundation-stone of true religion; and if religion is essential to humanity, he has by this deserved the Divine rank the world has accorded him.


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