- pretended; sham; counterfeit: feigned enthusiasm.
- assumed; fictitious: a feigned name.
- disguised: a feigned voice.
Origin of feigned
- 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 feigned
She says she was released when she feigned acceptance of their dogma.Is This The Scariest Doomsday Sect in China?
June 20, 2014
In the new world order where every diner is a critic, there is a lot of feigned expertise.Do Michelin Stars Still Matter?
May 8, 2014
What serves as a point of departure in Prague is the defining obsession of The Tragedy of Arthur: what is real, what feigned?The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips: Review
April 27, 2011
When Barbara Walters shut him down, he feigned hurt feelings and curled up on Rosie O'Donnell's lap.When Celebs Get Wasted
December 4, 2010
He feigned nonchalance; just a couple neighborhood kids messing around, he said, nothing to worry about.How a Rich Suburban Girl Became a Drug Kingpin
July 10, 2009
There was nothing forced nor feigned in these testimonials of loyalty to George the Second.Old News
James Osborne, the youthful cashier, feigned complete paralysis.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
In order to prevent running, I feigned illness, too, and went to another.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
So surely as she came into the room, however, Martin feigned to fall asleep.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
I asked, in feigned surprise, for I could not resist tormenting her a little.The Prisoner of Zenda
- 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 feigned
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.