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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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  • faint from (Middle English):

    The word faint is related to feign, both coming from French faindre and initially used in the original French sense of ‘feigned, simulated’, from Latin fingere ‘to form, contrive’ also the source of fiction (Late Middle English) and figment (Late Middle English). Another early meaning was ‘cowardly’, a sense now preserved only in the proverb faint heart never won fair lady. The sense ‘hardly perceptible’ dates from the mid 17th century. Feint (late 17th century) originally used in fencing for a deceptive blow is from the same source, while the mid 19th-century use of feint for lightly lined paper is simply a respelling of faint.

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