PRETEXT's Sentences and Contexts

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 Sentences of pretext
Definition:
n. excuse; something serving to conceal plans; fictitious reason
Example:
He looked for a good pretext to get out of paying a visit to his aunt.
Sentence in Classic:
On every kind of pretext she would run away from work and go to the drinking pool, where she would stand foolishly gazing at her own reflection in the water.
Animal Farm By George Orwell Context
She was terrified again at this feeling, and clutched at the first pretext for doing something which might divert her thoughts from herself.
Anna Karenina(V1) By Leo Tolstoy Context
Neither of them gave full utterance to their sense of grievance, but they considered each other in the wrong, and tried on every pretext to prove this to one another.
Anna Karenina(V3) By Leo Tolstoy Context
Boris promised to fulfill her wish and was about to begin a conversation with her, when Anna Pavlovna called him away on the pretext that her aunt wished to hear him.
War and Peace(V2) By Leo Tolstoy Context
The reasons on which the Duc de Bassano based his refusal to deliver them to him would never have led me to suppose that that could serve as a pretext for aggression.
War and Peace(V3) By Leo Tolstoy Context
At last the Emperor left the army, and as the most convenient and indeed the only pretext for his departure it was decided that it was necessary for him to inspire the people in the capitals and arouse the nation in general to a patriotic war.
War and Peace(V4) By Leo Tolstoy Context
With regard to administrative matters, the establishment of a municipality did not stop the robberies and was only of use to certain people who formed part of that municipality and under pretext of preserving order looted Moscow or saved their own property from being looted.
War and Peace(V5) By Leo Tolstoy Context
When she wanted to be agitated, Nicholas and his health would be the pretext, and when she felt a need to speak spitefully, the pretext would be Countess Mary.
War and Peace(V6) By Leo Tolstoy Context
If a pretext to get him away could be made out of that other convict, or out of anything else in his life, now.
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens Context
This was made a pretext by them for prolonging their magistracy, which they took measures to retain by force, gathering round them for this purpose a retinue of young noblemen, whom they enriched with the goods of those citizens whom they had condemned.
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius By Niccolo Machiavelli Context
Ethan made a pretext of getting up to replenish the stove, and when he returned to his seat he pushed it sideways that he might get a view of her profile and of the lamplight falling on her hands.
Ethan Frome By Edith Wharton Context