Definitions

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  • v. Present participle of feign.
  • n. Act of one who feigns; fakery; deceit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. That feigns; insincere; not genuine; false.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of giving a false appearance
  • n. pretending with intention to deceive

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Examples

  • Amnon lay down, and made himself sick -- The Orientals are great adepts in feigning sickness, whenever they have any object to accomplish. let Tamar my sister come and make me a couple of cakes -- To the king

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • I was toying with the idea of feigning ADS in the comment threads.

    Althouse coffeehouse.

  • | Reply | Permalink it's only 'feigning' ignorance if the speaker isn't actually ignorant. nice to know that you know what he knows. and for your next trick: winning lottery numbers!

    Hillary Spokesperson Wolfson Strongly Denies Campaign Officially Pushed Obama Turban Pic

  • As ConWebWatch previously reported, a Dec. 5, 2008, article by Klein mined a blog post by former Weatherman member Jeff Jones to baselessly present speculation that Obama "is 'feigning' a centrist position on some issues so he can ultimately push through a radical agenda" as indisputable fact.

    Terry Krepel: WorldNetDaily Red-Baits Obama

  • Should we simply accept that the messiness and contestability of contemporary politics leave little room for Principled Pollyannas who refuse to engage in any kind of feigning, fibbing, and fakery?

    John Seery: Bush the Bluffer

  • Gay GOP leader BLASTS Bush for "feigning" outrage over Mary Cheney, while gay-baiting to help his re-election by on

    10/15/2004

  • Gay GOP leader BLASTS Bush for "feigning" outrage ...

    10/15/2004

  • You know, I think I was a little burned out or kind of feigning being jaded and too cool for high school.

    CNN Transcript Oct 17, 2005

  • Levine found, through a series of interesting tests, such as feigning a blind person trying to find and retrieve a lost letter, that

    American Coastopia!

  • He knew nothing of the elaborate machinery of ingenious chicane, - such as feigning bankruptcy - fraudulent conveyances - making over to his wife - running property - and had never heard of such tricks of trade as sending out coffins to the graveyard, with negroes inside, carried off by sudden spells of imaginary disease, to be "resurrected," in due time, grinning, on the banks of the Brazos.

    The flush times of Alabama and Mississippi : a series of sketches,

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