feigningly

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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