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Meaning of “pretext” in the English Dictionary

"pretext" in British English

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pretextnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈpriː.tekst/
a ​pretendedreason for doing something that is used to ​hide the ​realreason: The ​borderdispute was used as a pretext formilitaryintervention. I called her on the pretext of needing more ​information. He came round to ​see her on some flimsy (= ​obviouslyfalse) pretext.
(Definition of pretext from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pretext" in American English

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pretextnoun [C]

 us   /ˈpri·tekst/
a ​pretendedreason for doing something that is used to ​hide the ​realreason: He called her on the pretext of ​needinghelp with his ​homework.
(Definition of pretext from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “pretext”
in Spanish pretexto…
in Vietnamese cớ…
in Malaysian dalih…
in Thai ข้ออ้าง…
in French prétexte…
in German der Vorwand…
in Chinese (Simplified) 借口,托词…
in Turkish bahane, kulp, uyduruk neden…
in Russian предлог, отговорка…
in Indonesian dalih…
in Chinese (Traditional) 藉口,托詞…
in Polish pretekst…
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