- The definition of a pretext is an excuse or a cover up for the truth.
An example of a pretext is a person saying that she is having a small family dinner at home while a group of people are waiting there to surprise her father for his birthday.
- a false reason or motive put forth to hide the real one; excuse
- a cover-up; front
Origin of pretextClassical Latin praetextum, neuter of praetextus, past participle of praetexere, to weave before, pretend: see pre- and amp; texture
Origin of pretextLatin praetextum, from neuter past participle of praetexere, to disguise : prae-, pre- + texere, to weave; see teks- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present pretexts, present participle pretexting, simple past and past participle pretexted)