Translation of "pretext" - English-Spanish dictionary


noun uk /ˈpriː.tekst/ us

a pretended reason for doing something that is used to hide the real reason

The border dispute was used as a pretext for military intervention.
I called her on the pretext of needing more information.
He came round to see her on some flimsy (= obviously false) pretext.

(Translation of “pretext” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


noun /ˈpriːtekst/

a reason given in order to hide the real reason; an excuse

Asking her for a light was just a pretext for having a chance to speak to her.

(Translation of “pretext” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)