: fictitious
Was his account actual or feigned?
: not genuine or real
showered him with feigned compliments

Examples of feigned in a Sentence

the feigned applause that polite people give after a bad concert the feigned looks of innocence I got when I asked who had broken the lamp
Recent Examples on the Web Temple’s feigned cheeriness and Leigh’s layered sourness are especially good when the characters go head to head. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Nov. 2023 Girls complain of being weighed down, at times with feigned annoyance. Rachel Sherman, New York Times, 30 Sep. 2023 Pretending to reel from the news, the senator clutched his head in feigned shock. Noah Rothman, National Review, 13 Sep. 2023 While the rage comes naturally to Scott, the reflection can feel feigned and forced. Vulture, 2 Aug. 2023 Hilarity fails to ensue via such episodes as Sebastian pretending to be a bad tennis player to impress his father (don’t ask) and having to reveal himself when his game partner Tigger becomes irate at his feigned fumbling. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 May 2023 Information, no matter how much the political censors grandstand upon feigned morality, cannot be contained. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, 1 May 2023 After Sara Haines put her hands over her mouth in feigned shock, moderator Whoopi Goldberg inquired about whether Behar told the woman off in English or Italian. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 19 Apr. 2023 And what if all the players in a complex, three-decades-long negotiation process, hosted and steered by a series of American leaders and their mediators, had consistently acted with a modicum of good faith instead of a feigned show of trust in the enemy across the bargaining table? Daphne Merkin, The New Republic, 8 Feb. 2021 See More

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Word History


Middle English feyned, feigned, from past participle of feynen "to feign"

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of feigned was in the 14th century

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“Feigned.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feigned. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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