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Definitions of feint word
- noun feint a movement made in order to deceive an adversary; an attack aimed at one place or point merely as a distraction from the real place or point of attack: military feints; the feints of a skilled fencer. 1
- noun feint a feigned or assumed appearance: His air of approval was a feint to conceal his real motives. 1
- verb without object feint to make a feint. 1
- verb with object feint to make a feint at; deceive with a feint. 1
- verb with object feint to make a false show of; simulate. 1
- noun feint Denoting paper printed with faint lines as a guide for handwriting; denoting the lines so printed. 1
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Origin of feint
First appearance:before 1275
One of the 13% oldest English words
1275-1325; Middle English < Old French feinte, noun use of feminine of feint pretended, past participle of feindre to feign
Parts of speech for Feint
A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 87% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
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Synonyms for feint
- ruse — a city in N Bulgaria, on the Danube.
- blind — Someone who is blind is unable to see because their eyes are damaged.
- stratagem — a plan, scheme, or trick for surprising or deceiving an enemy.
- bait — Bait is food which you put on a hook or in a trap in order to catch fish or animals.
- cheat — When someone cheats, they do not obey a set of rules which they should be obeying, for example in a game or exam.
- fence — a barrier enclosing or bordering a field, yard, etc., usually made of posts and wire or wood, used to prevent entrance, to confine, or to mark a boundary.
Antonyms for feint
- frankness — plainness of speech; candor; openness.
- honesty — the quality or fact of being honest; uprightness and fairness.
- reality — the state or quality of being real.
- truthfulness — telling the truth, especially habitually: a truthful person.
- openness — not closed or barred at the time, as a doorway by a door, a window by a sash, or a gateway by a gate: to leave the windows open at night.
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