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pretextnoun [C]

uk   /ˈpriː.tekst/  us   /ˈpriː.tekst/
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.
(Definition of pretext from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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pretextnoun [C]

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