Associations to the word «Pretext»

Wiktionary

PRETEXT, noun. A false, contrived, or assumed purpose or reason; a pretense.
PRETEXT, verb. To employ a pretext, which involves using a false or contrived purpose for soliciting the gain of something else.

Dictionary definition

PRETEXT, noun. Something serving to conceal plans; a fictitious reason that is concocted in order to conceal the real reason.
PRETEXT, noun. An artful or simulated semblance; "under the guise of friendship he betrayed them".

Wise words

The chief difference between words and deeds is that words are always intended for men for their approbation, but deeds can be done only for God.
Leo Tolstoy