EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FEINT

She made a feint of accepting the herb, and then pointed to him and to the road.

And yet it was ministered to, in a dull and abortive manner, by all who made this feint.

He made a feint, as if he were about to strike his pike between its eyes.

"Forgive me if I have stayed too long," she said, making a feint of opening the door.

That which should have been the real attack shall be no more than a feint.

Not bad, that feint––but dangerous, because of the possibility of misjudging the attack.

Salem held one under his nose, in spite of a feint to interrupt them by the soldiers.

Catlike though it was, the feint did not take the big fellow unprepared.

As I was falling it came over me that the attack was only a feint to keep us busy.

I durst not follow them; for it might be a feint to decoy me from my post.

WORD ORIGIN

1670s, "a false show, a pretended blow," from French feinte "a feint, sham," abstract noun from Old French feint (13c.) "false, deceitful," originally fem. past participle of feindre (see feign).

Borrowed late 13c. as adjective, but now obsolete in that sense. Also as a noun in Middle English with sense "false-heartedness" (early 14c.), also "bodily weakness" (c.1400).

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