1 a fictitious reason given in order to conceal the real one
2 a specious excuse; pretence
(C16: from Latin praetextum disguise, from praetexere to weave in front, disguise; see texture)
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affectation, alleged reason, appearance, cloak, cover, device, excuse, guise, mask, ploy, pretence, red herring, ruse, semblance, show, simulation, veil
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