Pretext

(Roget's Thesaurus)
-->Ostensible motive, ground, or reason assigned.
<- N
PARAG:Pretext->N
GRP: \\ N \\ 1
Sgm: \\ N \\ 1 \\ pretext
pretext
pretense
pretension
plea|
Sgm: \\ N \\ 1 \\ allegation
allegation
advocation
Sgm: \\ N \\ 1 \\ ostensible motive
ostensible motive
subterfuge
ostensible ground
ostensible reason
phony reason
Sgm: \\ N \\ 1 \\ excuse
excuse
&c.(vindication) 937
Sgm: \\ N \\ 1 \\ color
color
Sgm: \\ N \\ 1 \\ gloss
gloss
guise
cover
GRP: \\ N \\ 2
Sgm: \\ N \\ 2 \\ loop hole
loop hole
starting hole
Sgm: \\ N \\ 2 \\ how to creep out of
how to creep out of
salvo
come off
Sgm: \\ N \\ 2 \\ way of escape
way of escape
GRP: \\ N \\ 3
Sgm: \\ N \\ 3 \\ handle
handle
peg to hang on
room locus standi
Sgm: \\ N \\ 3 \\ stalking-horse
stalking-horse
cheval de bataille
cue
GRP: \\ N \\ 4
Sgm: \\ N \\ 4 \\ pretense
pretense
&c.(untruth) 546
Sgm: \\ N \\ 4 \\ put off
put off
dust thrown in the eyes
Sgm: \\ N \\ 4 \\ blind
blind
Sgm: \\ N \\ 4 \\ moonshine
moonshine
Sgm: \\ N \\ 4 \\ mere pretext
mere pretext
shallow pretext
Sgm: \\ N \\ 4 \\ lame excuse
lame excuse
lame apology
Sgm: \\ N \\ 4 \\ tub to a whale
tub to a whale
Sgm: \\ N \\ 4 \\ false plea
false plea
sour grapes
Sgm: \\ N \\ 4 \\ makeshift
makeshift
shift
white lie
Sgm: \\ N \\ 4 \\ special pleading
special pleading
&c.(sophistry) 477
Sgm: \\ N \\ 4 \\ soft sawder
soft sawder
&c.(flattery) 933
PARAG:Pretext->V
GRP: \\ V \\ 1
Sgm: \\ V \\ 1 \\ pretend
pretend
plead
allege
Sgm: \\ V \\ 1 \\ shelter oneself under the plea of
shelter oneself under the plea of
Sgm: \\ V \\ 1 \\ excuse
excuse
&c.(vindicate) 937
Sgm: \\ V \\ 1 \\ lend a color to
lend a color to
Sgm: \\ V \\ 1 \\ furnish a handle
furnish a handle
&c.->N.
Sgm: \\ V \\ 1 \\ make a pretext of
make a pretext of
make a handle of
Sgm: \\ V \\ 1 \\ use as a plea
use as a plea
&c.->N.
Sgm: \\ V \\ 1 \\ take one's stand upon
take one's stand upon
make capital out of
pretend
&c.(lie) 544
PARAG:Pretext->Adj
GRP: \\ Adj \\ 1
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 1 \\ ostensibly
ostensibly
&c.(manifest) 525
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 1 \\ alleged
alleged
apologetic
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 1 \\ pretended
pretended
&c. 545
PARAG:Pretext->Adv
GRP: \\ Adv \\ 1
Sgm: \\ Adv \\ 1 \\ ostensibly
ostensibly
Sgm: \\ Adv \\ 1 \\ under color
under color
Sgm: \\ Adv \\ 1 \\ under the plea
under the plea
under the pretense of
under the guise of

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  • pretext — PRETÉXT, pretexte, s.n. Motiv (neîntemeiat sau neadevărat) invocat ca justificare a unei acţiuni sau pentru a escamota un motiv real. ♢ loc. conj. Sub pretext că... = pretinzând că... ♦ Impuls, stimulent. – Din fr. prétexte. Trimis de oprocopiuc …   Dicționar Român

  • Pretext — Pre text (?; 277), n. [F. pr[ e]texte, L. praetextum, fr. praetextus, p. p. of praetexere to weave before, allege as an excuse; prae before + texere to weave. See {Text}.] Ostensible reason or motive assigned or assumed as a color or cover for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pretext — I noun affectation, alibi, alleged purpose, alleged reason, camouflage, charade, claim, cover, deception, defense, disguise, evasion, excuse, fabrication, false appearance, false ground, false motive, false pretense, false reason, false show,… …   Law dictionary

  • pretext — (n.) 1510s, from L. praetextum a pretext, originally neuter pp. of praetexere to disguise, cover, from prae in front + texere to weave (Cf. pull the wool over someone s eyes); from PIE root *tek make (see TEXTURE (Cf. texture)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • pretext — excuse, plea, alibi, *apology, apologia Analogous words: ruse, *trick, maneuver, stratagem: *deception: justification, vindication, defending or defense (see corresponding verbs at MAINTAIN) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • pretext — [n] disguise; alleged reason affectation, alibi, appearance, bluff, cleanup, cloak, color*, coloring*, cop out*, cover, cover story*, coverup*, device, excuse, face, feint, fig leaf*, front, guise, mask, masquerade, plea, ploy, pretense, red… …   New thesaurus

  • pretext — ► NOUN ▪ an ostensible or false reason used to justify an action. ORIGIN Latin praetextus outward display , from praetexere to disguise …   English terms dictionary

  • pretext — [prē′tekst΄] n. [L praetextum, neut. of praetextus, pp. of praetexere, to weave before, pretend: see PRE & TEXTURE] 1. a false reason or motive put forth to hide the real one; excuse 2. a cover up; front …   English World dictionary

  • pretext — n. 1) to find a pretext for 2) a flimsy; mere pretext 3) a pretext to + inf. (it was a pretext to occupy more territory) 4) a pretext that + clause (she refused to attend on the pretext that she would be out of town) 5) at, on, under a pretext… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • pretext — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ flimsy ▪ Several schools banned the game on flimsy pretexts. ▪ false ▪ This was a false pretext to attack another country. VERB + PRETEXT ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

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