Noun(1) something serving to conceal plans; a fictitious reason that is concocted in order to conceal the real reason(2) an artful or simulated semblance
(1) If not, we are again using a pretext to cover intervention that is really motivated by another purpose altogether.(2) the rebels had the perfect pretext for making their move(3) The day before he carried out the bomb attack, he left the house under the pretext he was going to visit friends.(4) The buzz is that the political agenda of the Minister's visit was merely a pretext .(5) he called round on the pretext of asking after her mother(6) Any sign of opposition, real or imagined, was the pretext for a massive retaliation.(7) Moreover, where national enterprises are non-competitive, the imperial states invent pretexts to protect them from more efficient producers.(8) The centerpiece of that strategy is the use of minor infractions as pretexts to lock up suspects on whom the government lacks sufficient evidence to accuse them of more serious crimes.(9) He has often sought to justify repression on the pretexts of threatened coups against his government.(10) That time frame leaves an almost inexhaustible supply of pretexts to draw upon in the fight against the West.(11) We're the ones who unquestioningly march behind bullies into other countries on fictitious pretexts .(12) They may cloak themselves in all manner of legalistic garb, prattling about human rights and producing other pretexts for trying to stop us because we're on the side of the angels.(13) States which are defenseless can be attacked at will, with the most flimsy pretexts and virtually no international support.(14) Government officials have used concern for real estate value and tourism appeal as pretexts for such abuses.(15) I remember most of all the strange inactivity of the powerful - there were plenty of legal pretexts to arrest anyone who physically barred the tankers' way out, but nothing much seemed to happen.(16) We find pretexts and excuses to nip through the main room to check on David, bringing him half an orange, a chunk of chocolate, so he knows we're still thinking of him.
(1) use as a pretext :: gebruik as 'n verskoning
1. excuse ::
2. stalking-horse ::
3. guise ::
Different Formspretext, pretexts
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