\ \ The noun feint [17] and the adjective feint [19] are essentially different words, but they have a common ultimate origin. Feintmisleading mock attack’ was borrowed from French feinte, a noun use of the feminine form of the past participle of feindrepretend’ (from which English got feign). Feintprinted with pale lines’ is an artificial variant of faint introduced in the printing trade in the mid 19th century (and faint itself originally came from the past participle of feindre).

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