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pretext    音標拼音: [pr'it,ɛkst]
n. 借口,托辭
vt.
vi. 借口

藉口,托辭藉口

pretext
n 1: something serving to conceal plans; a fictitious reason
that is concocted in order to conceal the real reason [synonym:
{pretext}, {stalking-horse}]
2: an artful or simulated semblance; "under the guise of
friendship he betrayed them" [synonym: {guise}, {pretense},
{pretence}, {pretext}]

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 real reason or motive; pretense; disguise.
[1913 Webster]

They suck the blood of those they depend on, under a
pretext of service and kindness. --L'Estrange.
[1913 Webster]

With how much or how little pretext of reason. --Dr. H.
More.
[1913 Webster]

Syn: Pretense; excuse; semblance; disguise; appearance. See
{Pretense}.
[1913 Webster]

94 Moby Thesaurus words for "pretext":
acting, affectation, alibi, allege, alternative, appearance,
attitudinizing, avow, bluff, bluffing, camouflage, cheating,
choice, claim, cloak, color, coloring, cover, cover story,
deception, delusion, disguise, dissemblance, dissembling,
dissimulation, escape clause, escape hatch, excuse, explanation,
facade, face, fakery, faking, false air, false front, false show,
falsity, feigning, feint, four-flushing, fraud, front, gilt, gloss,
guise, humbug, humbuggery, imposture, loophole, masquerade,
meretriciousness, ostentation, outward show, playacting, plea,
pose, posing, posture, pretend, pretense, pretension, profess,
protest too much, purport, rational ground, rationale,
rationalization, reason, reason for, reason why, red herring,
representation, right, ruse, saving clause, seeming, semblance,
sham, show, simulacrum, simulation, speciousness, stated cause,
the big idea, the idea, the whatfor, the wherefore, the why,
underlying reason, varnish, veil, way of escape, way out,
window dressing

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