Misused Words

Faint and Feint

Faint, an adjective, has two meanings: (1) dizzy or weak and (2) dim.

The actor felt faint during the rehearsal.

Feint, which can be used as a noun or a verb, means a sham attack, usually to deceive the opponent.

The boxer made a feint with his left hand and then struck hard with his right hand.
The boxer feinted with his left hand and then struck hard with his right hand.
Practice

Choose the correct answer for each of the two practice sentences below by clicking on the correct answer.

(1) There is (faint, feint) hope of recovering the stolen work of art.

(2) The army made a (faint, feint) to deceive the enemy

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