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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Definitions for feint

  1. a movement made in order to deceive an adversary; an attack aimed at one place or point merely as a distraction from the real place or point of attack: military feints; the feints of a skilled fencer.
  2. a feigned or assumed appearance: His air of approval was a feint to conceal his real motives.
  3. to make a feint.

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Citations for feint
Antagonism in my family comes wrapped in layers of code, sideways feints, full deniability. Karen Joy Fowler, We Are All Completely Besides Ourselves, 2013
... it always had been understood that when the Germans did decide to take the desperate risk of trying to invade England they would make a feint in a couple of places, and, having drawn off the British fleet, would direct their serious attacks somewhere else. , "Coast Attack Expected," New York Times, December 17, 1914
Origin of feint
The English noun feint comes from Old French feinte, a noun use of the feminine past participle of the verb feindre “to feign, pretend, dissemble.” The Old French verb comes from Latin fingere “to shape, form, fashion,” the ultimate source of English faint, fiction, figment, and effigy. Feint entered English in the 17th century.
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