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Preʹtext

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A pretence. From the Latin prœtexta, a dress embroidered in the frontworn by the Roman magistrates, priests, and children of the aristocracy between the age of thirteen and seventeen. The prœtextaʹtœ were dramas in which actors personated those who wore the prætexta; hence persons who pretend to be what they are not.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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