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Definition pretended — usually pretending to feel something
  • She feigned sleep.
feigned = pretended to
  • She feigned indifference.
  • feigned = made a pretense of (pretended)
  • and frightens me (though I feign to laugh)
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • However hard she tried, she could not love this little child, and to feign love was beyond her powers.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • To escape her inquisitive gaze, I checked my watch, feigned surprise, and casually mentioned to Jamie that we'd better be going.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • feigned = pretended to feel
  • He pressed his arms against his sides, feigning fear.
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • feigning = pretending (making a pretense of)
  • GEORGE (Feigned awe): Very good!
    Edward Albee  --  Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • feigned = pretending to feel
  • ...the injustices he had received ... of which I had never heard, I feigned acquaintance.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • feigned = pretended to have
  • Joe, is doing push-ups in front of a group of elderly women, who feign interest and clap politely.
    Mitch Albom  --  The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  • feign = pretend to feel
  • Garvey feigned surprise.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • feigned = pretended to feel
  • "Hallo!" growled Scrooge, in his accustomed voice, as near as he could feign it.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • Mrs. Weston was acting no part, feigning no feelings in all that she said to him in favour of the event.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • I joke around, feigning a flamenco.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • In return he feigned anger, bristling and growling ferociously, and clipping his teeth together in snaps that had all the seeming of deadly intention.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • "You tore my heart out years ago," he said, and even Clary could not tell if the sorrow in his voice was real or feigned.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • She had managed to slip by her mother, feigning a headache.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • When the day of the murder planned by Smerdyakov came, we have him falling downstairs in a feigned fit—with what object?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • He comes back late at night and I'm in bed, feigning sleep, my head churning.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • If you move there, will you take me to see it drop in real life?" he asked "Sure, Teddy," I said feigning enthusiasm.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • I would pretend to be surprised to see him, and he would feign shock that a busy girl like me had time for a stroll.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Fever, 1793

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