(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,
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.
Did feign that Orpheus drew trees, stones, and floods.
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.
(Feigned) a. Not real or genuine; pretended; counterfeit; insincere; false. "A feigned friend." Shak.
Give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips.Ps. xvii. 1.
Feign"ed*ly adv. Feign"ed*ness, n.
Her treacherous sister Judah hath not turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly.Jer. iii. 10. Feigned issue (Law), an issue produced in a pretended action between two parties for the purpose of
trying before a jury a question of fact which it becomes necessary to settle in the progress of a cause.
(Feign"er) n. One who feigns or pretends.
(Feign"ing), a. That feigns; insincere; not genuine; false.
(Feine) v. t. & i. To feign. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Feint) a. [F. feint, p. p. of feindre to feign. See Feign.] Feigned; counterfeit. [Obs.]
Dressed up into any feint appearance of it.Locke.
(Feint), n. [F. feinte, fr. feint. See Feint, a.]
1. That which is feigned; an assumed or false appearance; a pretense; a stratagem; a fetch.
Courtley's letter is but a feint to get off.Spectator.
2. A mock blow or attack on one part when another part is intended to be struck; said of certain movements
in fencing, boxing, war, etc.
(Feint), v. i. To make a feint, or mock attack.
(||Fei`tsui") n. (Min.) The Chinese name for a highly prized variety of pale green jade. See
(Feize) v. t. See Feeze, v. t.
(Fel"an*ders) n. pl. See Filanders.