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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

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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 Then Phillips ripped off the mask, rolled his eyes and feigned relief as the crowd cheered for him. Washington Post, "To protest face masks, Arizona city councilman uses George Floyd’s words: ‘I can’t breathe’," 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, "Beautiful. Violent. American. The N.F.L. at 100.," 19 Dec. 2019 And from the ashes of that feigned concern, Women Who Whiskey was born. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Barley's Angels, Women Who Whiskey, Bourbon Women breaking stigma of a 'woman's palate'," 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, "When a 'Diva' Is Diagnosed," 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, "'You can make millions off of one kid': Here's why the NCAA can't stop this corruption," 23 Feb. 2018 On the other side of the road, his rival taunted him with feigned fear. Teri Figueroa, sandiegouniontribune.com, "After months, weekly Issa protests show no signs of abating," 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, "What Does North Korea Want?," 22 Feb. 2017 This story has been corrected to show the year of the feigned injuries was 2005, not 2006. Washington Post, "3 years in prison for soldier who lied way to Purple Heart," 1 June 2017

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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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“Feigned.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feigned. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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