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Definition a false reason presented to hide the real reason for doing something
  • They used the incident as a pretext to invade the country.
pretext = a false reason presented to hide the real reason for doing something
  • She thinks the need for international pollution control is being used as a pretext to create a world government that supersedes national sovereignty with extensive rule making and taxing authority.
  • It was just a pretext for John to stroke Tita's hands in front of Pedro.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • pretext = false excuse
  • She tried to get near him under any pretext.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • pretext = a false reason presented to hide the real reason for doing something
  • This intelligence was scant, but provided a pretext upon which the entire tale could be rehashed.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • For goodness' sake don't you ever on any pretext set your foot over the threshold at night, for it's as much as your life is worth.'
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • ON ANY PRETEXT .... because he can't stand the shadow of a man flickering around the edges of a house ....
    Edward Albee  --  Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • When Blanche's husband offered him work, he found some pretext for avoiding it.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • I stop Peeta's practice, on the pretext of showing him how to rid himself of the itchy scabs, and as we scrub ourselves, I bring up our escape.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • When the weekly totals began to show a decline, he visited Rieux several times on various pretexts.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Gride gladly availed himself of the pretext for going to the window to see.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • She looked at Newman so long and so fixedly, with such a dull, intense devotedness, that he himself might have had a pretext for embarrassment.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • In the bad days we were even advised to find some pretext of changing our hotel rooms as soon as we registered.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • It would have been so easy to send the girl away to stay with some friends; to have taken her away herself upon some pretext or other.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • I think the Volturi were waiting for this—for some pretext.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • On some pretext of urgent necessity, he offered two boatmen a dollar apiece to catch up with her.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • She had only to stretch her neck or rise on some pretext to see twenty or forty undressed males lounging or playing ball in the sunlight.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • On the very next day, on the credible pretext of trying to find celery for the Thanksgiving stuffing, Alice and I headed downtown for tup kuneh.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • When I offer the bloody nose pretext, he assesses me head to foot.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • The pretext had been a piece on women truck drivers.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer

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