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pretext
used in Sense and Sensibility

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Definition
a false reason presented to hide the real reason for doing something
  • CHAPTER 15 Mrs. Dashwood's visit to Lady Middleton took place the next day, and two of her daughters went with her; but Marianne excused herself from being of the party, under some trifling pretext of employment; and her mother, who concluded that a promise had been made by Willoughby the night before of calling on her while they were absent, was perfectly satisfied with her remaining at home.
    Chapter 15 (1% in)

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