Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who feigns or simulates; a deviser of fiction.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who feigns or pretends.
“For instance, the "fever worm," the larva of one of our common moths, -- the Isabella tiger-moth, -- is a noted death-feigner, and will”
“States is the most accomplished death-feigner that I have ever seen; its make-believe death struggles, in which it writhes and twists in seeming agony and finally turns upon its back and assumes _rigor mortis_, cannot be surpassed by any actor "on the boards" in point of pantomimic excellence.”
“(_Canthon lævis_), which may be seen any day in August rolling its ball of manure, in which are its eggs, to some suitable place of interment, is a remarkable death-feigner.”
“The champion death-feigner of the vegetable kingdom is a South American plant, _Mimosa pudica_.”
“This miraculously healed individual was a feigner, who had eventually been recognised at the Medical Verification Office.”
“And these three voices differ, as the thing done, the doing, and the doer; the thing feigned, the feigning, and the feigner; so the poem, the poesy, and the poet.”
“-- A poet is that which by the Greeks is called [Greek text], a maker, or a feigner: his art, an art of imitation or feigning; expressing the life of man in fit measure, numbers, and harmony, according to Aristotle; from the word [Greek text], which signifies to make or feign.”
“Once he came out in support for Scuzzifaker, and attacked Hoffman, he showed himself to be a man without principles, and certainly no more than a feigner to conservative values, that he is obviouysly willing to toss in the dirt for the mere hope at the Pyrrhic victory a Scuzzifaker win would bring.”
“““the creator,” ” why must this mean the “liar,” the “feigner,” the “tale-teller?””
“(I don’t think you really are a “feigner of anesthesia”, but if you were: would you let me torment you to show your stoic faith in the sterile structuralism of the world?”
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