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Meaning of PRETEXT

Pronunciation:  'preetekst

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an artful or simulated semblance; "under the guise of friendship he betrayed them"
  2. [n]  something serving to conceal plans; a fictitious reason that is concocted in order to conceal the real reason

PRETEXT is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: guise, pretence, pretense, stalking-horse
 See Also: color, colour, dissembling, feigning, pretence, pretense, putoff, semblance



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pre"text\ (?; 277), n. [F. pr['e]texte, L. praetextum,
fr. praetextus, p. p. of praetexere to weave before, allege
as an excuse; prae before + texere to weave. See {Text}.]
Ostensible reason or motive assigned or assumed as a color or
cover for the real reason or motive; pretense; disguise.

      They suck the blood of those they depend on, under a
      pretext of service and kindness.         --L'Estrange.

      With how much or how little pretext of reason. --Dr. H.

Syn: Pretense; excuse; semblance; disguise; appearance. See