Feigning
Feign Feign, v. t. [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. [1913 Webster]

There are no such things done as thou sayest, but thou feignest them out of thine own heart. --Neh. vi. 8. [1913 Webster]

The poet Did feign that Orpheus drew trees, stones, and floods. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To represent by a false appearance of; to pretend; to counterfeit; as, to feign a sickness. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To dissemble; to conceal. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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