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feign

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feign  (fān)
v. feigned, feign·ing, feigns
v.tr.
1.
a. To give a false appearance of: feign sleep.
b. To represent falsely; pretend to: feign authorship of a novel.
2. To imitate so as to deceive: feign another's voice.
3. To fabricate: feigned an excuse.
4. Archaic To invent or imagine.
v.intr.
To pretend; dissemble.

[Middle English feinen, from Old French feindre, from Latin fingere, to shape, form; see dheigh- in Indo-European roots.]

feign (feɪn)
vb
1. to put on a show of (a quality or emotion); pretend: to feign innocence.
2. (tr) to make up; invent: to feign an excuse.
3. (tr) to copy; imitate: to feign someone's laugh.
[C13: from Old French feindre to pretend, from Latin fingere to form, shape, invent]
ˈfeigner n ˈfeigningly adv
feign (feɪn)

v.t.
1. to represent fictitiously; put on an appearance of: to feign sickness.
2. to invent fictitiously or deceptively, as a story or an excuse.
3. to imitate deceptively: to feign another's voice.
v.i.
4. to make believe; pretend: He is only feigning.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Old French < Latin fingere to shape]
feign′er, n.
feign′ing•ly, adv.
syn: See pretend.
Thesaurus Legend:  Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
Verb1.feign - make believe with the intent to deceive; "He feigned that he was ill"; "He shammed a headache"
misrepresent, belie - represent falsely; "This statement misrepresents my intentions"
make believe, pretend, make - represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like; "She makes like an actress"
play possum - to pretend to be dead
take a dive - pretend to be knocked out, as of a boxer
bullshit, talk through one's hat, bull, fake - speak insincerely or without regard for facts or truths; "The politician was not well prepared for the debate and faked it"
mouth - articulate silently; form words with the lips only; "She mouthed a swear word"
2.feign - make a pretence of; "She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger"; "he feigned sleep"
pretend, dissemble, act - behave unnaturally or affectedly; "She's just acting"
play - pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity; "Let's play like I am mommy"; "Play cowboy and Indians"
feint - deceive by a mock action; "The midfielder feinted to shoot"

feign
verb pretend, affect, assume, put on, devise, forge, fake, imitate, simulate, sham, act, fabricate, counterfeit, give the appearance of, dissemble, make a show of You can't feign interest in something you loathe.
Translations
feign [feɪn] VT [+ surprise, indifference] → fingir
to feign madness/sleep/deathfingirse loco/dormido/muerto
to feign not to knowfingir no saber

feign [ˈfeɪn] vt [+ illness, interest, indifference] → feindre, simuler

feign
vtvortäuschen; friendship, interest, sympathy, feelings alsoheucheln; to feign illness/madnesssimulieren, sich krank/verrückt stellen; to feign sleep/deathsich schlafend/tot stellen

feign [feɪn] vt (liter) → fingere, simulare

feign (fein) verb
to pretend to feel. He feigned illness.
feigned adjective
pretended. feigned happiness.


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And this hypocrisy found I worst amongst them, that even those who command feign the virtues of those who serve.
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