1. 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.
2. a feigned or assumed appearance: His air of approval was a feint to conceal his real motives.
verb (used without object)
3. to make a feint.
verb (used with object)
4. to make a feint at; deceive with a feint.
5. to make a false show of; simulate.
Can be confused
fain, faint, feign.
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Origin: 1275-1325; Middle English < Old French feinte, noun use of feminine of feint pretended, past participle of feindre to feign
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