pretext

  • 1 pretext — PRETÉXT, pretexte, s.n. Motiv (neîntemeiat sau neadevărat) invocat ca justificare a unei acţiuni sau pentru a escamota un motiv real. ♢ loc. conj. Sub pretext că... = pretinzând că... ♦ Impuls, stimulent. – Din fr. prétexte. Trimis de oprocopiuc …

    Dicționar Român

  • 2 Pretext — 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 Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 pretext — I noun affectation, alibi, alleged purpose, alleged reason, camouflage, charade, claim, cover, deception, defense, disguise, evasion, excuse, fabrication, false appearance, false ground, false motive, false pretense, false reason, false show,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 pretext — (n.) 1510s, from L. praetextum a pretext, originally neuter pp. of praetexere to disguise, cover, from prae in front + texere to weave (Cf. pull the wool over someone s eyes); from PIE root *tek make (see TEXTURE (Cf. texture)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 pretext — excuse, plea, alibi, *apology, apologia Analogous words: ruse, *trick, maneuver, stratagem: *deception: justification, vindication, defending or defense (see corresponding verbs at MAINTAIN) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 pretext — [n] disguise; alleged reason affectation, alibi, appearance, bluff, cleanup, cloak, color*, coloring*, cop out*, cover, cover story*, coverup*, device, excuse, face, feint, fig leaf*, front, guise, mask, masquerade, plea, ploy, pretense, red… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 pretext — ► NOUN ▪ an ostensible or false reason used to justify an action. ORIGIN Latin praetextus outward display , from praetexere to disguise …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 pretext — [prē′tekst΄] n. [L praetextum, neut. of praetextus, pp. of praetexere, to weave before, pretend: see PRE & TEXTURE] 1. a false reason or motive put forth to hide the real one; excuse 2. a cover up; front …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 pretext — n. 1) to find a pretext for 2) a flimsy; mere pretext 3) a pretext to + inf. (it was a pretext to occupy more territory) 4) a pretext that + clause (she refused to attend on the pretext that she would be out of town) 5) at, on, under a pretext… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 10 pretext — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ flimsy ▪ Several schools banned the game on flimsy pretexts. ▪ false ▪ This was a false pretext to attack another country. VERB + PRETEXT ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 11 Pretext — (Roget s Thesaurus) >Ostensible motive, ground, or reason assigned. < N PARAG:Pretext >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 pretext pretext pretense pretension plea| Sgm: N 1 allegation allegation advocation Sgm: N 1 ostensible motive ostensible motive… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 12 pretext — UK [ˈpriːˌtekst] / US [ˈprɪˌtekst] noun [countable] Word forms pretext : singular pretext plural pretexts a reason that you pretend to have in order to hide your real reason or intention pretext for: The conflict was used as a pretext for… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 pretext — pre|text [ˈpri:tekst] n [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: praetextus, from praetexere to weave in front, make an excuse ] a false reason given for an action, in order to hide the real reason pretext for ▪ The incident provided the pretext for… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 pretext — pre|text [ pri,tekst ] noun count a reason that you pretend to have in order to hide your real reason or intention: pretext for: The conflict was used as a pretext for introducing military rule. on/under the pretext of doing something: He visited …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 pretext — [[t]pri͟ːtekst[/t]] pretexts N COUNT A pretext is a reason which you pretend has caused you to do something. They wanted a pretext for subduing the region by force... He excused himself on the pretext of a stomach upset... They would now find… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 pretext — /pree tekst/, n. 1. something that is put forward to conceal a true purpose or object; an ostensible reason; excuse: The leaders used the insults as a pretext to declare war. 2. the misleading appearance or behavior assumed with this intention:… …

    Universalium

  • 17 pretext — noun (C) a reason given for an action, in order to hide the real intention; excuse 2 (1, 2) (+ for): The riots were used as a pretext for banning all political activity. | on/under the pretext of doing sth: Tom called at her apartment on the… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 pretext — 1. noun A false, contrived or assumed purpose; a pretense. The reporter called the company on the pretext of trying to resolve a consumer complaint. 2. verb To employ a pretext, which involves using a …

    Wiktionary

  • 19 pretext — /ˈpritɛkst / (say preetekst) noun 1. that which is put forward to conceal a true purpose or object; an ostensible reason. 2. an excuse; a pretence. –phrase 3. on the pretext of, with the ostensible purpose of (doing one thing) while really doing… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 pretext — noun Etymology: Latin praetextus, from praetexere to assign as a pretext, screen, extend in front, from prae + texere to weave more at technical Date: 1513 a purpose or motive alleged or an appearance assumed in order to cloak the real intention… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary