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Noun: pretext  'pree,tekst
  1. Something serving to conceal plans; a fictitious reason that is concocted in order to conceal the real reason
    - stalking-horse
  2. An artful or simulated semblance
    "under the pretext of friendship he betrayed them";
    - guise, pretense [N. Amer], pretence [Brit, Cdn]

Derived forms: pretexts

Type of: color [US], colour [Brit, Cdn], dissembling, feigning, gloss, pretence [Brit, Cdn], pretense [N. Amer], semblance

Encyclopedia: Pretext