How grotesque that the anti-abortion movement is using his crimes as a pretext to make those cracks even wider.
There is the critical difference that in this case the U.S. administration is not looking for a pretext to go to war.
On February 25, under the pretext of transcending messy politics, Obama will plunge into the stink with intensified vigor.
He did not stop to ponder whether the Bush administration was just using 9/11 as a pretext to go after Saddam Hussein.
But he warned against using the pretext of defense to launch vast campaigns of destruction.
I said there were two things to discuss, the pretext and the execution.
Now, by some pretext, by some wile, he must live to see her once more.
At the slightest call 500 men collect, and on any pretext kill and eat one another.
She had not got at all wet when standing under the window, and had said so only as a pretext to get him to let her in.
She was never under any pretext, not even in the event of my death, to return to the stage.
1510s, from French prétexte, from Latin praetextum "a pretext, outward display," noun use of neuter past participle of praetexere "to disguise, cover," literally "weave in front" (for sense, cf. pull the wool over (someone's) eyes); from prae- "in front" (see pre-) + texere "to weave," from PIE root *tek- "make" (see texture (n.)).