Synonyms and Antonyms of pretext
- The leaders used a minor clash at the border as a pretext for war.
Synonym Discussion of pretext
- said by way of apology that he would have met them if he could
- his speech was an apologia for his foreign policy
- used illness as an excuse for missing the meeting
- her usual plea that she was nearsighted
- used any pretext to get out of work
- his alibi failed to stand scrutiny
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