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Pretext meaning

pretext - 2 dictionary results

  1. 1. Ostensible reason or motive assigned or assumed as a color or cover for the real reason or motive; pretense; disguise.
  2. 2. An excuse; pretence.

pretext - examples of usage

  1. His well- meant pretext of sleep was not destined to grow into a reality. - "Somehow Good", William de Morgan.
  2. A boy, who may have been a good boy or may not, had attached himself to her, under pretext of either a strong organ of locality or an extensive knowledge of town. - "Somehow Good", William de Morgan.
  3. As to any lesson in the art of making- up, perhaps Miss Burgoyne had forgotten the pretext on which she asked Nina to come to her room. - "Prince Fortunatus", William Black.
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