Origin of pretext
Can be confusedpretense pretext
Examples from the Web for pretext
Maula Bux himself was killed in 2006, after being lured across the border by Iranian forces on the pretext of a drug deal.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Some Syrian rebel groups maintain that the Americans invented Khorasan as a pretext for the attack.Spies Warned White House: Don’t Hit Al Qaeda in Syria|Shane Harris, Jamie Dettmer|November 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But he warned against using the pretext of defense to launch vast campaigns of destruction.
That pretext may have come with the violence that erupted in the port city of Odessa on yesterday.Carnage in Ukraine: Dozens of Pro-Russia Activists Die in Odessa|Jamie Dettmer|May 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There is the critical difference that in this case the U.S. administration is not looking for a pretext to go to war.Western Intelligence Suspects Assad Has a Secret Chemical Stockpile|Noah Shachtman, Christopher Dickey|May 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Undoubtedly he would have you both arrested on some pretext.The Ivory Snuff Box|Arnold Fredericks
I made a pretext for going to Paris—the old pretext, the dentist.The Street Called Straight|Basil King
This was a pretext to represent these fanatics (p. 165) as the instruments of the captive queen.
The pretext is so flimsy, that we wonder how any prime minister could find courage to state it in his place.
Here he remained six months under an assumed name, with the pretext of desiring to purchase hummock-lands.Petals Plucked from Sunny Climes|Sylvia Sunshine