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

A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery