feign

[feyn] ,
verb (used with object)
1.
to represent fictitiously; put on an appearance of: to feign sickness.
2.
to invent fictitiously or deceptively, as a story or an excuse.
3.
to imitate deceptively: to feign another's voice.
verb (used without object)
4.
to make believe; pretend: She's only feigning, she isn't really ill.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English fei(g)nen < Old French feign-, present stem of feindre < Latin fingere to shape, invent, feign

feigner, noun
feigningly, adverb
unfeigning, adjective
unfeigningly, adverb

fain, faint, feign, feint.


4. See pretend.
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feign (feɪn)
 
vb
1.  to put on a show of (a quality or emotion); pretend: to feign innocence
2.  (tr) to make up; invent: to feign an excuse
3.  (tr) to copy; imitate: to feign someone's laugh
 
[C13: from Old French feindre to pretend, from Latin fingere to form, shape, invent]
 
'feigner
 
n
 
'feigningly
 
adv

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feign
c.1300, from O.Fr. feign-, pres. stem of feindre "pretend, shirk," from L. fingere "devise, fabricate" (see fiction). Related: Feigned; feigning.
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Example sentences
Vendors may feign outrage, but they know how the game is played.
He would put them down on the lectern and then feign surprise that he had
  forgotten his syllabi in his office.
Although it was possible to feign uncertainty over his definitions, people
  understood precisely which job he meant.
The heathens might feign their gods of the woods, from certain monsters
  sometimes seen.
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