Definition of feign in English:
1Pretend to be affected by (a feeling, state, or injury): she feigned nervousness
More example sentences
- Likewise, fighters who feign wounds or injury to lure the enemy within striking range teach their foes to view enemy wounded as a threat, placing all injured soldiers at risk.
- Fair enough, there are people who feign injuries and make up claims to make some money, which is totally wrong.
- One can affect unawareness, feign indifference or summon up some other defense against such entreaties.
1.1 archaic Invent (a story or excuse).
- I'm really not going to want to leave this office when the time comes… perhaps I can feign a compelling excuse to stay… any suggestions?
- Have him or her call you back; it is reasonable to feign a reason for an emergency exit if you are ill at ease.
- He was supposed to be sitting with her, but the stomach cramps she'd feigned as an excuse for the both of them to stay behind had actually developed.
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