prophases

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Ancient Greek πρόφασις ‎(próphasis, 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.

Noun[edit]

prophases ‎(plural prophases or prophaseis)

  1. The actual reasons for going to war. These may differ from proschemata, the pretexts offered to the public.

Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

prophases

  1. plural of prophase