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A false, contrived, or assumed purpose or reason
“It merely serves as a pretext to whip the country into a war frenzy and to justify the insertion of large numbers of troops.”
A deceptive or insincere outward appearance
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“The mugging was merely the pretext for heavy-duty flirting between a dishy detective and Keelin, the lovelorn physiotherapist.”
A cunning trick or dishonest act with the intent to deceive
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A lie or falsehood, or the act of lying or concocting a falsehood
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A reason or explanation given to justify a fault or offense
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An ambiguity or inadequacy in a set of rules that can be potentially exploited
To employ a pretext for soliciting the gain of something else
“Witherow also admitted that his paper tried to pretext details of Brown's mortgage by calling the bank and posing as the former prime minister.”
To provide an acceptable explanation for
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