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v. feigned, feign·ing, feigns
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.
To pretend; dissemble.

[Middle English feinen, from Old French feindre, from Latin fingere, to shape, form; see dheigh- in Indo-European roots.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.feigning - pretending with intention to deceive
deception, misrepresentation, deceit - a misleading falsehood
bluff - pretense that your position is stronger than it really is; "his bluff succeeded in getting him accepted"
pretext, stalking-horse - something serving to conceal plans; a fictitious reason that is concocted in order to conceal the real reason
hypocrisy, lip service - an expression of agreement that is not supported by real conviction
2.feigning - the act of giving a false appearancefeigning - the act of giving a false appearance; "his conformity was only pretending"
dissimulation, deception, dissembling, deceit - the act of deceiving
show, appearance - pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression; "they try to keep up appearances"; "that ceremony is just for show"
pretend, make-believe - the enactment of a pretense; "it was just pretend"
affectation, affectedness, mannerism, pose - a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display
masquerade - making a false outward show; "a beggar's masquerade of wealth"
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I confronted Craig and took him to see Freddy Shepherd, and in the end he admitted he was feigning injury.
In a statement, the FA said: "Although attempts to deceive the referee by feigning injury or pretending to have been fouled is a cautionable offence for unsporting behaviour, the fact that the act of simulation has succeeded in deceiving a match official and, therefore, led to a penalty and/or dismissal, justifies a more severe penalty which would act as a deterrent.
But Huth might wonder how he once got done for being a bit of a prat on Twitter while punishing Sanchez for feigning injury was not really an option open to the Football Association.
And when Moira arrives in a panic telling her Noah is missing, she does a great job in feigning shock and horror.
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