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Other Feign Definition

[v] make believe; "He feigned that he was ill"; "He shammed a headache"
[v] make a pretence of; "She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger"; "he feigned sleep"

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\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. 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.

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