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Monday February 8, 2016

Pretext (PREE-tekst)

An excuse, something that is put forth to conceal a true reason or purpose A pretext is an excuse that hides the real intent or reason for something.

Usage Examples

  • Some believe that the supposed evidence of weapons of mass destruction was a pretext to invade Iraq.
  • Jim used the pretext that he was sick to avoid going to the ballet.
  • She told everyone that she quit her old job because her new job paid more, but that was just a pretext. She really quit because she detested her coworkers.

Word Usage Tip


  • Tell me honestly, are you really going to visit your grandma or is that just an EXCUSE for not wanting to go out with me.
  • Tell me honestly, are you really going to visit your grandma or is that just a PRETEXT for not wanting to go out with me.

THINK... how can you use pretext in a conversation today?

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