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  • v. Present participle of fain.


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  • Here we go again CNN whose repuglicans pollsters are polling mostly repuglicans and repuglicans faining as independents!

    Poll: Obama gets thumbs down on Israel

  • Sarah's learned how to do a political "back stab" at a potential rival while smiling and faining concern and sympathy.

    Palin: 'My heart goes out to Huckabee'

  • These were the assumptions behind literary study for a very long time, as neatly expressed by Sidney:It is not ryming and versing that maketh a Poet . . . but it is that faining notable images of vertues, vices, or what els, with that delightfull teaching, which must be the right describing note to know a Poet by.

    Literature: the very idea

  • Then faining to be much troubled and sleepie, he arose from the hoast, and went to

    The Decameron

  • Whereupon the prince and admirall of Ioppa sent vnto him, faining himselfe vnder great deceit willing to become a Christian, and that he would draw with him a great number besides, so that they might be honorably entertained and vsed of the Christians.

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation

  • Thrasillus faining to ayde and assist him, came behind, and cut off the hinder legges of Lepolemus Horse, in such sort that hee fell downe to the ground with his master: and sodainely the Boare came upon Lepolemus and furiously tare and rent him with his teeth.

    The Golden Asse

  • So long this pilgrimage continued, vntill the Lorde (vpon a time, faining himselfe to be sicke) commaunded that no man should come into his chamber, because all the night before he was ill at ease, and could take no reste.

    The Palace of Pleasure, Volume 1

  • The Princesse faining her selfe to be sicke, made her maydes to withdrawe themselues into their chamber, and then she went into the garden where Alerane firste made his plaintes, as you haue heard before: in whiche place her husbande taried for her.

    The Palace of Pleasure, Volume 1

  • The Lorde noting all the demeanour betwene them, retourned to his chamber, and so went againe to his bed, faining to be sicke, as he did all the daye before.

    The Palace of Pleasure, Volume 1

  • After shee had so well plaied this pageaunt by the space of an houre or twoo, faining then to awake, she began to stretche forth her armes and legges with suche force, as whosoeuer had heard the noyse, would easely haue iudged that she had bene deliuered from some great torment.

    The Palace of Pleasure, Volume 1


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