Ancient Greek πρόφασις (prophasis, “pretense, pretext, excuse”), first popularized by Thucydides, who attempted to discern Athens' alethestate prophasis, or "truest reason" for waging war on Sparta in the Peloponnesian War.
prophases (plural prophases or prophaseis)
- The actual reasons for going to war. These may differ from proschemata, the pretexts offered to the public.
- Plural form of prophase