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feign

verb \ˈfān\

: to pretend to feel or be affected by (something)

Full Definition of FEIGN

intransitive verb
transitive verb
1
a :  to give a false appearance of :  induce as a false impression <feign death>
b :  to assert as if true :  pretend
2
archaic
a :  invent, imagine
b :  to give fictional representation to
3
obsolete :  disguise, conceal
feign·er noun

Examples of FEIGN

  1. <I would never feign illness just to get out of a test.>
  2. I wince, feigning interest in a TV Guide and mumbling a hello. —Douglas Coupland, Generation X, 1991

Origin of FEIGN

Middle English, from Anglo-French feign-, stem of feindre, from Latin fingere to shape, feign — more at dough
First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of FEIGN

assume, affect, pretend, simulate, feign, counterfeit, sham mean to put on a false or deceptive appearance. assume often implies a justifiable motive rather than an intent to deceive <assumed an air of cheerfulness around the patients>. affect implies making a false show of possessing, using, or feeling <affected an interest in art>. pretend implies an overt and sustained false appearance <pretended that nothing had happened>. simulate suggests a close imitation of the appearance of something <cosmetics that simulate a suntan>. feign implies more artful invention than pretend, less specific mimicry than simulate <feigned sickness>. counterfeit implies achieving the highest degree of verisimilitude of any of these words <an actor counterfeiting drunkenness>. sham implies an obvious falseness that fools only the gullible <shammed a most unconvincing limp>.
FEIGNING Defined for Kids

feign

verb \ˈfān\
feignedfeign·ing

Definition of FEIGN for Kids

:  pretend 2 <feigning sickness>

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