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feign

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Pronunciation: /feɪn
 
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Definition of feign in English:

verb

[with object]
Pretend 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.
Synonyms
simulate, fake, sham, affect, give the appearance of, make a show of, make a pretence of, play at, go through the motions of
informal put on
pretend, put it on, fake, sham, bluff, pose, posture, masquerade, make believe, act, play-act, go through the motions, put on a false display;
malinger
informal kid
British informal mess
apparent, ostensible, seeming, surface, avowed, professed
informal pretend, pseudo, phoney
British informal cod

Origin

Middle English: from Old French feign-, stem of feindre, from Latin fingere 'mould, contrive'. Senses in Middle English (taken from Latin) included 'make something', 'invent a story, excuse, or allegation', hence 'make a pretence of a feeling or response'. Compare with fiction and figment.

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