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Oct 12, 2012
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feint

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feint

PRONUNCIATION:
(faynt)

MEANING:
noun: A deceptive move, especially in fencing or boxing.
verb: To make a deceptive movement.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old French feinte, past participle of feindre (to feign), from Latin fingere (to shape). Ultimately from the Indo-European root dheigh- (to build or form), which also gave us fiction, effigy, paradise, dough, dairy, and lady (literally, a loaf kneader). Earliest documented use: around 1330.

USAGE:
"Journalists could argue they use appellations as a sign of respect, but I think it's a feint -- a touch of obsequiousness before sticking in the shiv."
Emily Yoffe; You Are Not the Speaker; Slate (New York); Mar 20, 2012.

See more usage examples of feint in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on? -Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and author (1817-1862)

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