Associations to the word «Pretext»
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.
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".
Men govern nothing with more difficulty than their tongues, and can moderate their desires more than their words.