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English noun: pretext

1. pretext (communication) something serving to conceal plans; a fictitious reason that is concocted in order to conceal the real reason


Broader (hypernym)dissembling, feigning, pretence, pretense

Narrower (hyponym)putoff

2. pretext (attribute) an artful or simulated semblance

SamplesUnder the guise of friendship he betrayed them.

Synonymsguise, pretence, pretense

Broader (hypernym)color, colour, gloss, semblance

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