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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  There  are  no  such  things  done  as  thou  sayest,  but 
  thou  feignest  them  out  of  thine  own  heart.  --Neh. 
  vi  8. 
 
  The  poet  Did  feign  that  Orpheus  drew  trees,  stones, 
  and  floods.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  represent  by  a  false  appearance  of  to  pretend;  to 
  counterfeit;  as  to  feign  a  sickness.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  To  dissemble;  to  conceal.  [Obs.]  --Spenser. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  feign 
  v  1:  make  believe;  "He  feigned  that  he  was  ill";  "He  shammed  a 
  headache"  [syn:  {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}] 




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