Synonym: cover, excuse, pretense, sham. Similar words: pretending, pretentious, pretentiousness, text, texture, context, textbook, concrete. Meaning: ['prɪːtekst] n. 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.
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(1) The incident provided the pretext for war.
(2) He considered inventing some pretext for calling her.
(3) He came to see me on/under the pretext of asking my advice when he really wanted to borrow money.
(4) The border dispute was used as a pretext for military intervention.
(5) He used his sore finger as a pretext for not going to school.
(6) This provided a pretext for the authorities to cancel the elections.
(7) He used his research as a pretext for travelling to Hungary.
(8) He'll phone on some pretext or other.
(9) He got into the house on the pretext of checking the gas .
(10) He left immediately on the pretext that he had a train to catch.
(11) He disappeared into his study on the pretext that he had work to do there.
(12) The incident was used as a pretext for intervention in the area.
(13) They wanted a pretext for subduing the region by force.
(14) He used his headache as a pretext for not going to school.
(15) I called her on the pretext of needing more information.
(16) He didn't attend that meeting under the pretext of sickness.
(17) Be careful not to give him a pretext to report you.
(18) Under the pretext of checking her identity(sentencedict .com),(sentencedict.com) the man had copied down her credit card details.
(19) He left the party early on the pretext of having work to do.
(20) We'll have to find a pretext for not going to the party.
(21) Tom called at her apartment on the pretext of asking for a book.
(22) He left early on the pretext that he had a bad tootache and had to see the dentist.
(23) One pretext disposed of, McClellan found another.
(24) Every adverse employment decision is a pretext for litigation.
(25) I had been almost ready to invent some pretext for a foray to the northward.
(26) He keeps popping into my office on the slightest pretext.
(27) The aggressor troops marched into the neighbouring country on the pretext of searching for their missing soldier.
(28) No constituency should be allowed to have an extraordinarily small electorate on the pretext that it comprises widely dispersed and isolated communities.
(29) The cadres, under pressure, singled out alleged culprits on no pretext at all.
(30) He used to spend hours at her house on the pretext of giving her Japanese lessons.
More similar words: pretending, pretentious, pretentiousness, text, texture, context, textbook, concrete, contretemps, pretty, interpret, interpretation, vortex, next, extra, extol, meter, extend, next to, extent, replete, compete, detect, athlete, complete, extreme, detente, et cetera, veteran, external.