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ˈpri tɛkstpre·text

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Wiktionary

  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 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

Princeton's WordNet

  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 Synonymes

  1. pretextnoun

    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. John Berlinski:

    It's no secret that Disney is releasing films like Black Widow directly onto Disney + to increase subscribers and thereby boost the company's stock price — and that it's hiding behind Covid-19 as a pretext to do so, but ignoring the contracts of the artists responsible for the success of its films in furtherance of this short-sighted strategy violates their rights and we look forward to proving as much in court.

  2. Marc Carlos:

    Matthew Araiza immediately changed his tone, saying,' This is Matt Araiza. I don't remember anything that happened that night,' at which time he terminated the pretext call by hanging up on Doe, the filing of the civil suit is clearly an attempt to put pressure on the DA to file a case.

  3. Mullah Mansour:

    If the country is not under occupation, the problem of the Afghans can be resolved through intra-Afghan understanding. Any foreign pressure under the pretext of resolving the Afghan problem is not going to resolve the problem but will rather create other problems.

  4. Hyeon Soo Lim:

    The purpose that I traveled about several parts of the country on the pretext of 'aid' was to build a base to overthrow the system of the country and create a religious state, taking advantage of the policies of the U.S. and South Korean authorities.

  5. Adam Schiff:

    Apparently he believes I was very effective in exposing his misconduct, Donald Trump’s misconduct. And that’s what they’re trying to stop, so, I think that he benefits from having these smears repeated. And that’s part of what he gains from it. But this is a pretext, and nothing more.


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