feigned

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feigned (not comparable)

  1. Being a pretense, a counterfeit, or something false or fraudulent.
    • 1641 (posth.), Ben Jonson. Discoveries Made upon Men and Matters, "Mores aulici":
      I have discovered that a feigned familiarity in great ones is a note of certain usurpation on the less. For great and popular men feign themselves to be servants to others to make those slaves to them. So the fisher provides bait for the trout, roach, dace, &c., that they may be food to him.
    • 1841, Charles Dickens, chapter 9, in The Old Curiosity Shop[1]:
      "I have passed my word," said Jowl with feigned reluctance, "and I'll keep it. When does this match come off? I wish it was over. -- To-night?"

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feigned

  1. simple past tense and past participle of feign

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