Definition of Pretext:

  1. False or weak motive or reason advanced to hide the actual.

  2. A reason given in justification of a course of action that is not the real reason.

  3. Legal excuse to do something which otherwise would be illegal.

Synonyms of 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, Excuse, False excuse, Ostensible reason, Alleged reason, Plea, Supposed grounds

How to use Pretext in a sentence?

  1. The rebels had the perfect pretext for making their move.

Meaning of Pretext & Pretext Definition