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VERB (2)

1. make believe with the intent to deceive;
- Example: "He feigned that he was ill"
- Example: "He shammed a headache"
[syn: feign, sham, pretend, affect, dissemble]

2. make a pretence of;
- Example: "She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger"
- Example: "he feigned sleep"
[syn: simulate, assume, sham, feign]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

feign v 1: make believe with the intent to deceive; "He feigned that he was ill"; "He shammed a headache" [syn: feign, sham, pretend, affect, dissemble] 2: make a pretence of; "She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger"; "he feigned sleep" [syn: simulate, assume, sham, feign]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

36 Moby Thesaurus words for "feign": act, act a part, affect, assume, bluff, counterfeit, cover up, dissemble, dissimulate, do a bit, dramatize, fake, four-flush, gammon, histrionize, let on, let on like, make a pretense, make as if, make believe, make like, make out like, overact, play, play a part, play a scene, play possum, playact, pretend, profess, put on, put on airs, sham, simulate, tug the heartstrings, wear