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feint

[feynt] /feɪnt/
noun
1.
a movement made in order to deceive an adversary; an attack aimed at one place or point merely as a distraction from the real place or point of attack:
military feints; the feints of a skilled fencer.
2.
a feigned or assumed appearance:
His air of approval was a feint to conceal his real motives.
verb (used without object)
3.
to make a feint.
verb (used with object)
4.
to make a feint at; deceive with a feint.
5.
to make a false show of; simulate.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English < Old French feinte, noun use of feminine of feint pretended, past participle of feindre to feign
Can be confused
fain, faint, feign, feint.
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  • Confederates feinted more charges here and there, but neither side attempted another serious offensive.
British Dictionary definitions for feinted

feint1

/feɪnt/
noun
1.
a mock attack or movement designed to distract an adversary, as in a military manoeuvre or in boxing, fencing, etc
2.
a misleading action or appearance
verb
3.
(intransitive) to make a feint
Word Origin
C17: from French feinte, from feint pretended, from Old French feindre to feign

feint2

/feɪnt/
noun
1.
(printing) the narrowest rule used in the production of ruled paper
Word Origin
C19: variant of faint
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Word Origin and History for feinted

feint

n.

1670s, "a false show, a pretended blow," from French feinte "a feint, sham," abstract noun from Old French feint (13c.) "false, deceitful," originally fem. past participle of feindre (see feign).

Borrowed late 13c. as adjective, but now obsolete in that sense. Also as a noun in Middle English with sense "false-heartedness" (early 14c.), also "bodily weakness" (c.1400).

v.

c.1300, feinten, "to deceive, pretend," also "become feeble or exhausted; to lack spirit or courage," from feint (adj.); see feint (n.). Cf. Old French feintir "be slow, delay." Sense of "to make a sham attack" is first attested 1833. Related: Feinted; feinting.

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