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feigned

[feynd] /feɪnd/
adjective
1.
pretended; sham; counterfeit:
feigned enthusiasm.
2.
assumed; fictitious:
a feigned name.
3.
disguised:
a feigned voice.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English; see feign, -ed2
Related forms
feignedly
[fey-nid-lee] /ˈfeɪ nɪd li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
feignedness, noun

feign

[feyn] /feɪn/
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
Related forms
feigner, noun
feigningly, adverb
unfeigning, adjective
unfeigningly, adverb
Can be confused
fain, faint, feign, feint.
Synonyms
4. See pretend.
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Examples for feigned
  • For all your feigned indignation, you did not read my comment.
  • The symptom or deficit is not intentionally produced or feigned.
  • And throughout his career, he feigned a lack of ambition as cover for a relentless impulse to move upward in the world.
  • To-night he departed with feigned and apologetic liveliness.
  • There will be bustle and excitement, real and feigned.
  • Optimum cutting scores are presented for forensic clinicians to use in screening defendants for feigned incompetency.
  • During his shift, one of the inmates in his custody allegedly feigned injury by lying on the floor of his cell.
  • He then feigned falling to the floor and dropped a second package of drugs.
British Dictionary definitions for feigned

feign

/feɪn/
verb
1.
to put on a show of (a quality or emotion); pretend to feign innocence
2.
(transitive) to make up; invent to feign an excuse
3.
(transitive) to copy; imitate to feign someone's laugh
Derived Forms
feigner, noun
feigningly, adverb
Word Origin
C13: from Old French feindre to pretend, from Latin fingere to form, shape, invent
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Word Origin and History for feigned

feign

v.

c.1300, from Old French feign-, present participle stem of feindre "pretend, represent, imitate, shirk" (12c.), from Latin fingere "to touch, handle; devise; fabricate, alter, change" (see fiction). Related: Feigned; feigning.

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