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Meaning of FEIGN

Pronunciation:  feyn

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

FEIGN is a 5 letter word that starts with F.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: act, act a part, affect, assume, bluff, counterfeit, cover up, dissemble, dissimulate, do a bit, dramatize, fake, four-flush, gammon, histrionize, let on, let on like, make a pretense, make as if, make believe, make like, make out like, overact, play, play a part, play a scene, play possum, playact, pretend, profess, put on, put on airs, sham, simulate, tug the heartstrings, wear