Definitions for: Feign

[v] make believe; "He feigned that he was ill"; "He shammed a headache"
[v] make a pretence of; "She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger"; "he feigned sleep"

Webster (1913) Definition: Feign, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Feigned; p. pr. & vb. n.
Feigning.] [OE. feinen, F. feindre (p. pr. feignant), fr.
L. fingere; akin to L. figura figure,and E. dough. See
Dough, and cf. Figure, Faint, Effigy, Fiction.]
1. To give a mental existence to, as to something not real or
actual; to imagine; to invent; hence, to pretend; to form
and relate as if true.

There are no such things done as thou sayest, but
thou feignest them out of thine own heart. --Neh.
vi. 8.

The poet Did feign that Orpheus drew trees, stones,
and floods. --Shak.

2. To represent by a false appearance of; to pretend; to
counterfeit; as, to feign a sickness. --Shak.

3. To dissemble; to conceal. [Obs.] --Spenser.

Synonyms: affect, assume, dissemble, pretend, sham, sham, simulate

See Also: act, belie, bull, bullshit, dissemble, fake, feint, misrepresent, mouth, play, play possum, pretend, take a dive

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