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
They yelled at her, hoping that their anger would stop her from feigning
  illness.
All of us, that is, except the sanctimonious vigilante feigning moral outrage
  over this.
Politicians could spend less time feigning admiration for babies and more time
  governing.
Feigning sleep as soon as you strap yourself in also works, but can be a
  problem if you'd planned to work, read or eat.
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