Definition of under colour of in English:

under colour of

phrase

  • Under the pretext of.

    ‘under colour of writing the history of the East Frankish kingdom, he has dealt as much with the history of Italy’
    • ‘He's also alleged to have molested adolescent boys over the last 25 years under color of his authority as a sheriff's deputy and Boy Scout leader.’
    • ‘This is because, outside his jurisdiction, he is no longer ‘acting under color of law’ as an officer of that department if he gets involved in an off-duty shooting.’
    • ‘Being a ganja-smoker himself Ananda Kali may also have thought that by introducing the worship he would be able to save the ganja-smokers from disrepute, as then ganja could be consumed in the name of a god and under colour of doing a religious or pious act.’
    • ‘But the devil comes with his artful wiles, and, under colour of doing good, sets about undermining it in trivial ways, and involving it in practices which, so he gives it to understand, are not wrong.’
    • ‘His suit was filed under section 1983, a federal statute that gives a remedy for the deprivation of constitutional rights by officials acting under color of state law.’
    • ‘Furthermore, federal law provides that any person may sue for damages if another person, acting under color of state law, interferes with his constitutional rights.’
    • ‘Federal law makes it a crime for a person ‘acting under color of law’ to willfully violate the constitutional rights of any person.’
    • ‘There, the court held that a paramilitary commander was acting under color of the law of the former Yugoslavia when he committed mass atrocities.’
    • ‘The door towards accountability for human rights criminals acting under color of government authority opens a little wider on June 10.’
    • ‘How long will it take this time, especially if further investigation confirms what we all already know - that this election was stolen under color of law?’
    • ‘What have you done besides taking our liberties, stealing our money under colour of law and protecting and supporting the agenda of the internationalists?’
    • ‘Assault under color of authority means that, as a police officer, they've committed an assault.’
    the pretext, the cloak, the mask, the pretence, the outward appearance, the guise, a false show, a show, a front, a facade, a semblance
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