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pretext
used in The Brothers Karamazov

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Definition
a false reason presented to hide the real reason for doing something
  • The pretext for this gathering was a false one.
    Book 1 — The History Of A Family (95% in)
  • As his lawsuit with the monastery still dragged on, he made it the pretext for seeing the Superior, in order to attempt to settle it amicably.
    Book 1 — The History Of A Family (97% in)
  • I insulted him on a perfectly extraneous pretext, jeering at his opinion upon an important public event—it was in the year 1826(5)—and my jeer was, so people said, clever and effective.
    Book 6 — The Russian Monk (33% in)
  • Then Foma and both the women ran to the house and saw this time that not only the window, but also the door into the garden was wide open, though Fyodor Pavlovitch had for the last week locked himself in every night and did not allow even Grigory to come in on any pretext.
    Book 9 — The Preliminary Investigation (15% in)
  • I knew then that he had been false to me and meant to abandon me, and it was I, I, who gave him that money, who offered it to him on the pretext of his sending it to my sister in Moscow.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (33% in)

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