- to represent fictitiously; put on an appearance of: to feign sickness.
- to invent fictitiously or deceptively, as a story or an excuse.
- to imitate deceptively: to feign another's voice.
- to make believe; pretend: She's only feigning, she isn't really ill.
Origin of feign
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Examples from the Web for feign
They cannot feign ignorance at the end of a journey that was ugly all along.Hillary, ‘The Family,’ and Uganda’s Anti-Gay Christian Mafia
February 25, 2014
Give us a moment to feign excitement...TVLine Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy went trick-or-treating together.New Tina Fey Comedy Coming to NBC, Kanye West Whines About Proposal Video Leak
November 1, 2013
And you have to possess a certain amount of humility—or at least try to feign it from time to time.The Larry Summers Whodunit: Who Killed His Shot at Running the Fed?
September 15, 2013
But anyone who can feign a relationship for 40 days can surely do it for one meal.Are the 40 Days Duo Really a Couple?
September 4, 2013
I could likely feign my way through a short story—a very short story—in Farsi.Khaled Hosseini: How I Write
November 7, 2012
He has no conception of what to do, and his folly is to feign folly.De Profundis
At first she tried to feign astonishment and reply that she had heard nothing.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Madame had never seen him so exasperated, and this illustrious nobleman was advised to feign a necessity for visiting his estates.The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete
Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe
Surely, he thought, no woman could feign the love she had shown for him.
Not the manners, which I could feign, nor the vices, which I could feel.Confessions Of Con Cregan
Charles James Lever
- to put on a show of (a quality or emotion); pretendto feign innocence
- (tr) to make up; inventto feign an excuse
- (tr) to copy; imitateto feign someone's laugh
Word Origin and History for feign
c.1300, from Old French feign-, present participle stem of feindre "pretend, represent, imitate, shirk" (12c.), from Latin fingere "to touch, handle; devise; fabricate, alter, change" (see fiction). Related: Feigned; feigning.