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Word: feign

Definition: pretend


Sentences Containing 'feign'

A certain mysterious feeling, consequent on the darkness, the secrecy of the revel, and the whisper in which everything was said, steals over me again, and I listen to all they tell me with a vague feeling of solemnity and awe, which makes me glad that they are all so near, and frightens me (though I feign to laugh) when Traddles pretends to see a ghost in the corner.
Ann Turner, the director, praised Outhred's ability to feign admiration with regular smiles and distant dreamy looks.
I have thought it better to be neglected than to fawn, to be dumb than to feign, to be seldom a friend than to be often a flatterer.
It can feign a train of events, with all the appearance of reality, ascribe to them a particular time and place, conceive them as existent, and paint them out to itself with every circumstance, that belongs to any historical fact, which it believes with the greatest certainty.
Parent birds will feign injury to distract potential nest predators.
The nightjar's two eggs are laid directly on bare ground near rocks or scrubby vegetation—there is no nest. The adult may feign injury to distract an intruder from the eggs or young birds.
The police chief requested Morante to feign illness and not appear, so that the play could be replaced with "Misanthropy and Repentance" by the German novelist and playwright August von Kotzebue.
This type of case is quite adversarial, because psychological injury is associated with court, and because complainants might exaggerate or even feign symptoms outright.
Toshio's father, Takeo Omura, is an abusive, lazy veteran, who forces his wife, the boy's stepmother, Takeko Tamiguchi, to feign being hit by cars in order to shake down the motorists.
When attacked by a submarine, the Q-ship would feign damage until the enemy was close enough to engage and then reveal its weapons to counter-attack.
``Valentine,''said the count,``summon up all your courage; still the beatings of your heart; do not let a sound escape you, and feign to be asleep; then you will see.''
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