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Definition of Feign

  • 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.
  • make believe with the intent to deceive
  • make a pretence of

How to use feign in a sentence. Feign pronunciation.

Therein he them full fair did entertain, Not with such forged shews, as fitter been For courting fools that courtesies would feign, But with entire affection and appearance plain.
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So I've always found," and he proceeded to tell them, as he peeled his apple, how he committed himself once, in his youthful days, to make a speech at a political meeting, and went there ablaze with enthusiasm for the ideals of his own side; but while his leaders spoke, he became gradually converted to the other way of thinking, if thinking it could be called, and had to feign illness in order to avoid making a fool of himself-an experience which had sickened him of public meetings.
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He was very sleepy, and now, as he came to the conclusion that it must be close upon daybreak, and Dale had risen to light the fire and make coffee so that they might start for the ravine as early as possible, he determined to lie perfectly still and feign sleep till the last minute, and a sharp summons bade him rise.
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You feign to read the stars, and destiny decrees only your desires.
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How artless was the note which spoke Of love again, and yet again; How deftly could he transport feign!
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These little creatures had been taught to perform military evolutions, to dance, to draw miniature carts, to feign death, etc.
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There is yet another exceedingly interesting psychical trait to be noticed in the lower animals, especially in insects; I refer to the instinctive habit, letisimulation (_letum_, death, and _simulare_, to feign).
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The feigning of death by certain animals for the purpose of deceiving their enemies, and thus securing immunity, is one of the greatest of the many evidences of intelligent action on their part.[108] Letisimulation (from _letum_, death, and _simulare_, to feign) is not confined to any particular family, order, or species of animals, but exists in many, from the very lowest to the highest.
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W. Letisimulation in this animal is by no means infrequent, for I have seen it feign death repeatedly.
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Again, if a bit of alga on which there is a colony of "bell animalcules" (_Vorticellæ_) be placed in a live box and then be examined with a moderate power, they can be seen to feign death.
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Some animals feign death after exhausting all other means of defence.
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The cat has been seen to feign death for the purpose of enticing its prey within grasping distance of its paws.
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If he is ambitious, he must feign great contempt for dignities; if he seeks employment, he must not appear to want any; if his features are handsome, he must be careless of his physical appearance; he must dress badly, wear nothing in good taste, ridicule every foreign importation, make his bow without grace, be careless in his manner; care nothing for the fine arts, conceal his good breeding, have no foreign cook, wear an uncombed wig, and look rather dirty.
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I cannot dismiss from my certain knowledge, such commonplace facts as the ordinary proportion of men's arms, and legs, and heads; and when I meet with performances that do violence to these experiences and recollections, no matter where they may be, I cannot honestly admire them, and think it best to say so; in spite of high critical advice that we should sometimes feign an admiration, though we have it not.
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Do they thus blaspheme the sancts and holy men of God, as to make them like unto the devils, who do nothing but hurt unto mankind,-as Homer writeth, that the plague was sent into the camp of the Greeks by Apollo, and as the poets feign a great rabble of Vejoves and mischievous gods.
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It is easy for idle men to feign such dreams concerning love as, that a person guilty of mortal sin can love God above all things, because they do not feel what the wrath or judgment of God is.
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The adversaries feign that faith is only a knowledge of the history, and therefore teach that it can coexist with mortal sin.
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Not of the Gospel, but of the Law is this doctrine, which feigns that man is justified by the Law before he has been reconciled through Christ to God, since Christ says, John 15, 5: With out Me, ye can do nothing; likewise: I am the true Vine; ye are the branches.
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But the adversaries feign that we are branches, not of Christ, but of Moses.
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Now let the wise reader consider this, namely, what shame these good-for-nothing men have who say that marriages [which the Holy Scriptures praise most highly and command] produce infamy and disgrace to the government, as though, indeed, this public infamy of flagitious and unnatural lusts which glow among these very holy fathers, who feign that they are Curii and live like bacchanals, were a great ornament to the Church!
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Examples of Feign

Example #1
For well it seemed that whilom he had been Some goodly person, and of gentle race, That could his good to all, and well did ween How each to entertain with courtesy beseen.
Example #2
Such men actually lived, and such work they actually did, from the southernmost point of Italy to the northernmost point of Scotland, during centuries in which there was no one else to do the work.
Example #3
Katharine listened and felt as she generally did when her father, and to some extent her mother, described their feelings, that she quite understood and agreed with them, but, at the same time, saw something which they did not see, and always felt some disappointment when they fell short of her vision, as they always did.
Example #4
One can be enthusiastic in one's study, but directly one comes into touch with the people who agree with one, all the glamor goes.
Example #5
It is that last bit of snooze which is so enjoyable.
Example #6
The canvas door of the little tent was open, for he could feel the cool night air blowing in upon his face, with the crisp, bracing sensation of wind off the snow-capped mountains.