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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 pre·text /ˈpriˌtɛkst/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pre·text n.  Ostensible reason or motive assigned or assumed as a color or cover for the real reason or motive; pretense; disguise.
    They suck the blood of those they depend on, under a pretext of service and kindness.   --L'Estrange.
    With how much or how little pretext of reason.   --Dr. H. More.
 Syn: -- Pretense; excuse; semblance; disguise; appearance. See Pretense.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

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