Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb feign

2 senses of feign

Sense 1
feign, sham, pretend, affect, dissemble -- (make believe with the intent to deceive; "He feigned that he was ill"; "He shammed a headache")
       => misrepresent, belie -- (represent falsely; "This statement misrepresents my intentions")

Sense 2
simulate, assume, sham, feign -- (make a pretence of; "She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger"; "he feigned sleep")
       => dissemble, pretend, act -- (behave unnaturally or affectedly; "She's just acting")

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