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pretext
used in Anna Karenina

7 uses
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Definition
a false reason presented to hide the real reason for doing something
  • Seizing the first pretext, she got up, and with her light, resolute step went for her album.
    Part One (64% in)
  • Do you understand the folly of it, that on the pretext of my being unfaithful to him," she said contemptuously, "he wants to get the benefit of my fortune."
    Part One (98% in)
  • On the pretext of wanting to give some dinner to her dolls, she had asked the governess's permission to take her share of tart to the nursery, and had taken it instead to her brother.
    Part Three (23% in)
  • She was terrified again at this feeling, and clutched at the first pretext for doing something which might divert her thoughts from herself.
    Part Three (50% in)
  • She went into the dining room on the pretext of giving some directions, and spoke loudly on purpose, expecting him to come out there; but he did not come, though she heard him go to the door of his study as he parted from the chief secretary.
    Part Three (70% in)
  • And he was continually, on various pretexts, going out of the room, and coming in again, because he was unable to remain alone.
    Part Five (51% in)
  • Neither of them gave full utterance to their sense of grievance, but they considered each other in the wrong, and tried on every pretext to prove this to one another.
    Part Seven (70% in)

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