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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


Synonymsstalking-horse


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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