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Meaning & Definition of Pretext in English

English

Pretext

/pritɛkst/

noun

1. Something serving to conceal plans

  • A fictitious reason that is concocted in order to conceal the real reason
    synonym:
  • pretext
  • ,
  • stalking-horse

2. An artful or simulated semblance

  • "Under the guise of friendship he betrayed them"
    synonym:
  • guise
  • ,
  • pretense
  • ,
  • pretence
  • ,
  • pretext

Examples of using

The Japanese fishing fleet catches more than 1000 whales per year on the pretext of scientific research.
He often uses the slightest thing as a pretext for a fight with anybody.