Definition of 'pretext'
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That experience may have provided the pretext for his removal. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Some fear that the violence could be used as a pretext to cancel or delay elections. Times, Sunday Times (2011)It cannot be used as a pretext for reducing the number of night staff. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Of course such action is always highly debatable and often used as a pretext for something much more sinister. Times, Sunday Times (2013)In such cases, consult a library or use the pretext of doing research to gain access. Corporate Cloak and Dagger (1994)But war was its pretext. Somewhere East of Life (1994)When taking a text, be careful of the context lest the text becomes the pretext for saying something you want to say. Christianity Today (2000)Grandpa's birthday provides a good pretext for a knees-up but a family reunion can be planned for its own sake. Times, Sunday Times (2007)
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Translations for 'pretext'
British English: pretext /ˈpriːtɛkst/ NOUN
A pretext is a reason which you pretend has caused you to do something.
I went into his bedroom on the pretext of looking for a book.
- American English: pretext
- Arabic: حُجَّة
- Brazilian Portuguese: pretexto
- Chinese: 借口
- Croatian: izgovor
- Czech: záminka
- Danish: påskud
- Dutch: voorwendsel
- European Spanish: pretexto
- Finnish: tekosyy
- French: prétexte
- German: Vorwand
- Greek: πρόφαση
- Italian: pretesto
- Japanese: 口実
- Korean: 핑계
- Norwegian: påskudd
- Polish: pretekst
- European Portuguese: pretexto
- Romanian: pretext
- Russian: предлог
- Spanish: pretexto
- Swedish: förevändning
- Thai: ข้ออ้าง
- Turkish: bahane
- Ukrainian: вигаданий привід
- Vietnamese: cớ
Definition of pretext from the Collins English Dictionary
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