feign, sham, pretend, affect, dissemble(verb)
make believe with the intent to deceive
"He feigned that he was ill"; "He shammed a headache"
simulate, assume, sham, feign(verb)
make a pretence of
"She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger"; "he feigned sleep"
To represent by a false appearance of; to pretend; to counterfeit.
The pupil feigned sickness on the day of his exam.
To give a mental existence to something that is not real or actual; to imagine; to invent; to pretend; to form and relate as if true.
He feigned that he had gone home at the appointed time.
To dissemble; to conceal.
Jessica feigned the fact that she had not done her homework.
Origin: feindre, from fingere.
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
to represent by a false appearance of; to pretend; to counterfeit; as, to feign a sickness
to dissemble; to conceal
Origin: [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.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
fān, v.t. to invent: to imagine: to make a show or pretence of, to counterfeit, simulate.—adj. Feigned, pretended: simulating.—adv. Feign′edly.—ns. Feign′edness; Feign′ing. [Fr. feindre, pr.p. feignant, to feign.—L. fingĕre, fictum, to form.]
The numerical value of feign in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of feign in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Tis sometimes the height of wisdom to feign stupidity.
There rise her timeless capitals of empires daily born, whose plinths are laid at midnight and whose streets are packed at morn; and here come tired youths and maids that feign to love or sin in tones like rusty razor blades to tunes like smitten tin.
Three wise monkeys who teach to 'speak no evil, hear no evil, see no evil' signify refraining totally from evil, yet they also represent 'good people' who do nothing about evil, feign ignorance, and turn a blind eye to misappropriate behaviors. It's possible that evil won't prevail in the society, if good people stop to stand by, and take positive steps to stand up and be counted.
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- измислям, симулирам, преструвам се, заблуждавамBulgarian
- fingirCatalan, Valencian
- verbergen, vormachen, fingieren, vorgeben, vortäuschen, ausdenken, verheimlichenGerman
- fingir, inventar, imaginarSpanish
- teeskennellä, peitellä, salataFinnish
- leig airScottish Gaelic
- dissimulare, bluffare, fingereItalian
- 見せ掛ける, 装うJapanese
- verbergen, voorwenden, inbeelden, verzwijgen, fingeren, veinzenDutch
- simulere, spilleNorwegian
- fingir, omitir, inventarPortuguese
- притворяться, выдумывать, прикидываться, симулировать, скрывать, прятатьRussian
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