feign

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v feign make believe with the intent to deceive "He feigned that he was ill","He shammed a headache"
    • v feign make a pretence of "She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger","he feigned sleep"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Feign To dissemble; to conceal.
    • Feign To give a mental existence to, as to something not real or actual; to imagine; to invent; hence, to pretend; to form and relate as if true. "There are no such things done as thou sayest, but thou feignest them out of thine own heart.""The poet
      Did feign that Orpheus drew trees, stones, and floods."
    • Feign To represent by a false appearance of; to pretend; to counterfeit; as, to feign a sickness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • feign To invent or imagine; utter, relate, or represent falsely or deceitfully.
    • feign To make a false appearance of; counterfeit; simulate; pretend: as, to feign death.
    • feign To dissemble; disguise; conceal.
    • feign Reflexively, to show a sudden weakness; become weak or faint.
    • feign Synonyms To affect, simulate, profess.
    • feign To make believe; practise dissimulation or false representation; dissemble.
    • feign To sing with a low voice.
    • n feign Dissimulation; deception; falsehood.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Feign fān to invent: to imagine: to make a show or pretence of, to counterfeit, simulate
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. feinen, F. feindre,p. pr. feignant,), fr. L. fingere,; akin to L. figura, figure,and E. dough,. See Dough, and cf. Figure Faint Effigy Fiction
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. feindre, pr.p. feignant, to feign.—L. fingĕre, fictum, to form.

Usage

In literature:

Many deserted Silan, but he contrived to deceive even the clergy and others by his feigned piety.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
Yet she played the game, and feigned to take him seriously.
"The Nebuly Coat" by John Meade Falkner
You know I cannot feign.
"The Works of Lord Byron" by Lord Byron
Would you approach Heaven's gate with a feigned prayer on your lips and a toss-pot in your hand?
"Under the Rose" by Frederic Stewart Isham
As soon as it was broad day and the gates were opened, he entered the town, feigning to come from afar, and found his servant.
"The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio" by Giovanni Boccaccio
He only feigned with more skill than the rest: that was all.
"Romola" by George Eliot
During a better spell the Master said, Yu has long been feigning.
"The Sayings Of Confucius" by Confucius
Their feigned slumber turned to real shortly after the men came to bed.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
The fighting goes on with many feigned attacks and parades.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
For a moment Belisante lay still, feigning to sleep; then she raised herself on her arm and looked about her.
"The Red Romance Book" by Various
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In poetry:

If Memory indeed it were,
Or such it only feigned to be—
A female figure came to her,
Who said, "My name is Memory:
"Memory" by Charles Lamb
"Love's the lover's only magic,
Truth the very subtlest art;
Love that feigns, and lips that flatter,
Win no modest heart.
"The Lily Confidante" by Henry Timrod
Yes I will take a cheerful tone
And feign to share their heartless glee,
But I would rather weep alone
Than laugh amid their revelry.
"Fragment" by Anne Bronte
Horror that your Prince found, John may you find,
Ever and again
Dying before the house in such torture of mind
As you need not feign.
"After The Play" by Robert Graves
Rising in a storm of wavelets,
That for shelter, feigning fright,
Prest to those twin-heaving havens,
Harbour'd there beneath her light;
"Daphne" by George Meredith
Before he rose, the people's friend,
He feigned at all their wrongs to burn;
Now, as he bent, made others bend,
And played the tyrant in his turn.
"Leawood Hall" by Ernest Jones

In news:

Browns' Eric Mangini sparks controversy with claims that Detroit Lions feigned injuries in win.
Another gunned down a sleeveless biker, who'd feigned reaching for his driver's license and whipped out a handgun.
But in practice it's an endlessly tiresome way of feigning moral indignation.
Rare primates skinned, forced to feign smoking in Vietnam.
The little witches, ghosts, goblins and vampires were out on Wednesday night, delivering feigned evil along with a laugh.
And the rest of them did their best to feign indifference.
The new Rule Book for reporting on outbreaks of feigned outrage.
Roman feigns memory loss .
Asked today about Kaepernick lining up as a wideout, Roman feigned memory loss .
Romney feigns outrage at visa for Castro's niece .
Feign insanity to make sure your co-workers not only don't mind your day off but don't physically want you around them.
Parents stretch the truth, feign ignorance and tell little white lies to influence their children's behavior.
Phone scams prey on seniors by feigning kin in trouble.
Reid's spokesman, Jim Manley, responded to Steele's initial statement Monday by calling his remarks "feigned outrage.".
In the first, a high school soccer team in Arkansas fools their opponents by having two players feign a collision, then using that distraction to set up an easy goal.
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In science:

Fearing for his life, he feigned madness and was placed under house arrest until al-Hakim died.
Astrometry during the past 2000 years
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