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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Feign

FEIGN, verb transitive fane. [Latin fingo. The Latin forms fictum, fictus, whence figura, figure, also fucus.]

1. To invent or imagine; to form an idea or conception of something not real.

There are no such things done as thou sayest, but thou feignest them out of thine own heart. Nehemiah 6:8.

2. To make a show of; to pretend; to assume a false appearance; to counterfeit.

I pray thee, feign thyself to be a mourner. 2 Samuel 14:2.

She feigns a laugh.

3. To represent falsely; to pretend; to form and relate a fictitious tale.

The poet did feign that Orpheus drew trees, stones, and floods.

4. To dissemble; to conceal. obsolete