un·​feigned ˌən-ˈfānd How to pronounce unfeigned (audio)
: not feigned or hypocritical : genuine
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sincere, wholehearted, heartfelt, hearty, unfeigned mean genuine in feeling.

sincere stresses absence of hypocrisy, feigning, or any falsifying embellishment or exaggeration.

a sincere apology

wholehearted suggests sincerity and earnest devotion without reservation or misgiving.

promised our wholehearted support

heartfelt suggests depth of genuine feeling outwardly expressed.

expresses our heartfelt gratitude

hearty suggests honesty, warmth, and exuberance in displaying feeling.

received a hearty welcome

unfeigned stresses spontaneity and absence of pretense.

her unfeigned delight at receiving the award

Examples of unfeigned in a Sentence

She looked at him with unfeigned admiration. the young soprano retains an unfeigned humility that is surprising, given the critical acclaim she has received
Recent Examples on the Web His life story is inspiring, and his love of country is as unfeigned as his faith. Daniel Foster, National Review, 30 Nov. 2023 Its combination of unfeigned earnestness and irreverent, early-Marvel-era wit can’t help but bring to mind that moment — that other world — when Obama was still president and Hamilton was taking its shot on Broadway. Sara Holdren, Vulture, 1 Nov. 2023 Jones turns her into a kind of holy fool, the only one asking real questions, the only one with an unfeigned sense of curiosity and beauty. Sara Holdren, Vulture, 23 Oct. 2023 At one point, Blunt grabs hold of a rope and pauses to beam with unfeigned glee. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 July 2021 Throwback romantics can be ravished by the unparalleled vocal stylings of Lalah Hathaway (Nov. 15, Sony Hall), and millennial audiences will find a patron saint in the unfeigned lyricism of Summer Walker (Dec. 7-8, Terminal 5). Briana Younger, The New Yorker, 1 Nov. 2019 But some of the kids also befriend Hatidze, who, despite the noise and chaos, responds to her new neighbors with a warmth and an openness that feel entirely unfeigned. San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Unfeigned.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfeigned. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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un·​feigned ˌən-ˈfānd How to pronounce unfeigned (audio)
: not false or pretended : genuine
an unfeigned interest in people
unfeignedly adverb
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