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.
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]