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pretext

[ pree-tekst ]
/ ˈpri tɛkst /
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noun

something that is put forward to conceal a true purpose or object; an ostensible reason; excuse: The leaders used the insults as a pretext to declare war.
the misleading appearance or behavior assumed with this intention: His many lavish compliments were a pretext for subtle mockery.

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Origin of pretext

1505–15; <Latin praetextum pretext, ornament, noun use of neuter past participle of praetexere to pretend, literally, to weave in front, hence, adorn. See pre-, texture

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH pretext

pretense, pretext
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pretext
/ (ˈpriːtɛkst) /

noun

a fictitious reason given in order to conceal the real one
a specious excuse; pretence

Word Origin for pretext

C16: from Latin praetextum disguise, from praetexere to weave in front, disguise; see texture
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