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.

feign


Past participle: feigned
Gerund: feigning

Imperative
feign
feign
Present
I feign
you feign
he/she/it feigns
we feign
you feign
they feign
Preterite
I feigned
you feigned
he/she/it feigned
we feigned
you feigned
they feigned
Present Continuous
I am feigning
you are feigning
he/she/it is feigning
we are feigning
you are feigning
they are feigning
Present Perfect
I have feigned
you have feigned
he/she/it has feigned
we have feigned
you have feigned
they have feigned
Past Continuous
I was feigning
you were feigning
he/she/it was feigning
we were feigning
you were feigning
they were feigning
Past Perfect
I had feigned
you had feigned
he/she/it had feigned
we had feigned
you had feigned
they had feigned
Future
I will feign
you will feign
he/she/it will feign
we will feign
you will feign
they will feign
Future Perfect
I will have feigned
you will have feigned
he/she/it will have feigned
we will have feigned
you will have feigned
they will have feigned
Future Continuous
I will be feigning
you will be feigning
he/she/it will be feigning
we will be feigning
you will be feigning
they will be feigning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been feigning
you have been feigning
he/she/it has been feigning
we have been feigning
you have been feigning
they have been feigning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been feigning
you will have been feigning
he/she/it will have been feigning
we will have been feigning
you will have been feigning
they will have been feigning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been feigning
you had been feigning
he/she/it had been feigning
we had been feigning
you had been feigning
they had been feigning
Conditional
I would feign
you would feign
he/she/it would feign
we would feign
you would feign
they would feign
Past Conditional
I would have feigned
you would have feigned
he/she/it would have feigned
we would have feigned
you would have feigned
they would have feigned
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
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.

feign

verb
1. To take on or give a false appearance of:
Idiom: make believe.
2. To behave affectedly or insincerely or take on a false or misleading appearance of:
3. To contrive and present as genuine:
4. To claim or allege insincerely or falsely:
Translations
يَدَّعي، يَتَظاهَر أنَّه يَشْعُر
předstírat
simulereforegive
gera sér upp, láta líta út fyrir
izliktiessimulēt
affekterelate som om
numara/yalandan yapmak

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.
References in classic literature ?
And the third, simulation, in the affirmative; when a man industriously and expressly feigns and pretends to be, that he is not.
The best composition and temperature, is to have openness in fame and opinion; secrecy in habit; dissimulation in seasonable use; and a power to feign, if there be no remedy.
The other, seeing that he must be attacked, fell flat on the ground, and when the Bear came up and felt him with his snout, and smelt him all over, he held his breath, and feigned the appearance of death as much as he could.
In composing the Odyssey he did not include all the adventures of Odysseus--such as his wound on Parnassus, or his feigned madness at the mustering of the host--incidents between which there was no necessary or probable connection: but he made the Odyssey, and likewise the Iliad, to centre round an action that in our sense of the word is one.
Its attitude is summed up in the words of the Muses to the writer of the "Theogony": `We can tell many a feigned tale to look like truth, but we can, when we will, utter the truth' ("Theogony"
Besides, the physician might declare the ailment feigned; and Milady, after having lost the first trick, was not willing to lose the second.
Crooks and M'Lellan, therefore, turned back with feigned alacrity, and, landing, had an interview with the Sioux.
In fact, so well had Jerry feigned that he had forgotten it was all a game, and his interest was very real as he sniffed and snorted joyously in the bottom of the hole he had dug.
"Ma chere, there is a time for everything," said the countess with feigned severity.
He feigned, therefore, some excuse of business for his departure, and promised to return soon again; and took leave of his brother with so well-dissembled content, that, as the captain played his part to the same perfection, Allworthy remained well satisfied with the truth of the reconciliation.
I wrecked thee, and to-day the compasses would feign have wrecked me.
Going into the Market Place he accosted in a feigned voice a maiden, the orphan daughter of a noble Polygon, whose affection in former days he had sought in vain; and by a series of deceptions -- aided, on the one side, by a string of lucky accidents too long to relate, and on the other, by an almost inconceivable fatuity and neglect of ordinary precautions on the part of the relations of the bride -- he succeeded in consummating the marriage.