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Definition of feigned

1 : fictitious Was his account actual or feigned?
2 : 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 Asked how people in Arkansas viewed the pandemic, Mallett chuckled and feigned ignorance. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Mar. 2022 Then Phillips ripped off the mask, rolled his eyes and feigned relief as the crowd cheered for him. Washington Post, 25 June 2020 Fans express outrage about the threat of brain damage to their heroes, so there must be at least a feigned effort at reducing hits. James Surowiecki, New York Times, 19 Dec. 2019 And from the ashes of that feigned concern, Women Who Whiskey was born. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, 6 July 2017 What followed was a listicle of Carey’s erratic milestones—her cartoonish MTV Cribs episode, her feigned ignorance of her celebrity rivals, and her hospitalization after behaving oddly on TRL. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 11 Apr. 2018 For all of the piety of NCAA President Mark Emmert, and all of the feigned ignorance of prominent coaches, there is simply too much financial incentive to keep third parties at bay. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 23 Feb. 2018 On the other side of the road, his rival taunted him with feigned fear. Teri Figueroa, sandiegouniontribune.com, 5 Sep. 2017 China’s real or feigned refusal to understand that the North’s nuclear program forces the South to improve its own defenses shows where its sympathies really lie. Isaac Chotiner, Slate Magazine, 22 Feb. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of feigned

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for feigned

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

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7 Apr 2022

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“Feigned.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feigned. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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