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Friday, July 22, 2011

Definitions for feign

  1. To represent fictitiously; put on an appearance of.
  2. To invent fictitiously or deceptively, as a story or an excuse.
  3. To make believe; pretend.

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Citations for feign
Duly with knees that feign to quake - Bent head and shaded brow, - Yet once again, for my father's sake, In Rimmon's House I bow. Rudyard Kipling, The five nations
When he sleeps Mr. Rio must change places with him, put out light, and feign sleep. Marian Roalfe Cox, Cinderella: three hundred and forty-five variants
Origin of feign
1250-1300
Feign enters English through French, from the Latin fingere, "to shape, invent."