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 Meanings and Examples of FEIGN
Definition Example Sentence Classic Sentence
 v.  make false appearance of; disguise; conceal; invent or imagine
Classic Sentence: (33 in 3 pages)
1  Next day I had the meanness to feign that I was under a binding promise to go down to Joe; but I was capable of almost any meanness towards Joe or his name.
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In Chapter XLIII
2  However hard she tried, she could not love this little child, and to feign love was beyond her powers.
Anna Karenina(V2) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In PART 6: Chapter 32
3  She was often defeated in her purpose, by encountering their watchful eyes, when it became necessary to feign an alarm she did not feel, and occupy the limb by some gesture of feminine apprehension.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper
Get Context   In CHAPTER 10
4  He particularly remembered an old fellow who used to sit upon a cracker box in front of the store and feign to despise such exhibitions.
The Red Badge of Courage By Stephen Crane
Get Context   In Chapter 5
5  "I weigh not these evils," said Rebecca, afraid to provoke the wild knight, yet equally determined neither to endure his passion, nor even feign to endure it.
Ivanhoe By Walter Scott
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXIX
6  Among these men, to beat means to feign; one beats a malady; ruse is their strength.
Les Misérables (V4) By Victor Hugo
7  Wherefore, like Brutus, men must feign folly; and to play the part effectively, and so as to please their prince, must say, do, see, and praise things contrary to their inclinations.
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius By Niccolo Machiavelli
Get Context   In BOOK 3: CHAPTER II.
8  He kept on the fringe of his line, out of sight of his prefect, out of the reach of the rude feet, feigning to run now and then.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man By James Joyce
Get Context   In Chapter 1
9  He pushed onward nervously, feigning a still greater haste and faintly conscious of the smiles and stares and nudges which his powdered head left in its wake.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man By James Joyce
Get Context   In Chapter 2
10  de Treville, feigning the most profound astonishment.
11  I found my knife where I had placed it, under my pillow, and while feigning to sleep, my hand grasped the handle of it convulsively.
12  Noirtier and the elder d'Epinay, well understood the agitation and anger which the announcement had produced; but, feigning not to perceive either, he immediately resumed the narrative begun by his wife.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 58. M. Noirtier de Villefort.
13  It will correct you of feigning more valour than you possess.
Wuthering Heights By Emily Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XI
14  That the honest fellow had not been feigning emotion, was abundantly demonstrated by the very red eyes with which he regarded the young gentleman, when he turned round and addressed him.
Oliver Twist By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXIV
15  Never did any man by the most splendid achievements gain for himself so great a name for wisdom and prudence as is justly due to Junius Brutus for feigning to be a fool.
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius By Niccolo Machiavelli
Get Context   In BOOK 3: CHAPTER II.
Example Sentence:
1  Lady Macbeth decided to feign illness although she was actually healthy.
2  A typical ploy is to feign illness, procure medicine, then sells it on the black market.
3  The hunter had to feign death when he suddenly found out that a bear was coming toward him.
4  One morning, I didn't want to go to school, and decided to feign illness.
5  I knew fortune-tellers did not express themselves as this seeming old woman had expressed herself; besides I had noted her feigned voice, her anxiety to conceal her features.
6  She feigned interest in a magazine article to avoid meeting the man's stare.
7  You know how everyone feigns surprise when you tell them how old you are.