feint vs faint :

feint vs faint

feint or faint

To feint is to make a movement to trick or distract someone. The movement itself is also called a feint. This word is most often used in boxing or fencing.

“Jack feinted with his left and then struck Tyrone hard with his right.”

‘Feint’ is pronounced the same as ‘faint’, which means to lose consciousness briefly (verb), or to feel like you are about to lose consciousness (adjective).

“The wedding was held outside in July, and it was so hot that one of the bridesmaids fainted. Even the bride was feeling faint.”

Feint is a choreographed attack used to distract the target from the original and devastating assault.

"A feint punch is usually followed up with an uppercut to the chin."

Faint means to suddenly pass out or temporarily lose consciousness. As an adjective, it means something dim, transparent, vague, slight etc.

"He has a faint handwriting, I can't see what he wrote."

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  • n  any distracting or deceptive maneuver (as a mock attack)
  • v  deceive by a mock action
    The midfielder feinted to shoot

  • n  a spontaneous loss of consciousness caused by insufficient blood to the brain
  • v  pass out from weakness, physical or emotional distress due to a loss of blood supply to the brain
  • s  deficient in magnitude; barely perceptible; lacking clarity or brightness or loudness etc
    a faint outline
    the wan sun cast faint shadows
    the faint light of a distant candle
    a faint hissing sound
    a faint aroma
  • s  lacking clarity or distinctness
    only a faint recollection
  • s  lacking strength or vigor
    damning with faint praise
    faint resistance
  • s  weak and likely to lose consciousness
    suddenly felt faint from the pain
    was sick and faint from hunger
  • s  indistinctly understood or felt or perceived
    a faint clue to the origin of the mystery
    haven't the faintest idea
  • s  lacking conviction or boldness or courage
    faint heart ne'er won fair lady
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