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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Feign \Feign\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Feigned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Feigning}.] [OE. feinen, F. feindre (p. pr. feignant), fr. L. fingere; akin to L. figura figure,and E. dough. See {Dough}, and cf. {Figure}, {Faint}, {Effigy}, {Fiction}.]

1. To give a mental existence to, as to something not real or actual; to imagine; to invent; hence, to pretend; to form and relate as if true.

There are no such things done as thou sayest, but thou feignest them out of thine own heart. --Neh. vi. 8.

The poet Did feign that Orpheus drew trees, stones, and floods. --Shak.

2. To represent by a false appearance of; to pretend; to counterfeit; as, to feign a sickness. --Shak.

3. To dissemble; to conceal. [Obs.] --Spenser.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

feign

verb

1: make believe with the intent to deceive; "He feigned that he was ill"; "He shammed a headache" [syn: {feign}, {sham}, {pretend}, {affect}, {dissemble}]

2: make a pretence of; "She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger"; "he feigned sleep" [syn: {simulate}, {assume}, {sham}, {feign}]


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