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Pretend to be ill in order to escape duty or work:‘people who had psychosomatic complaints were probably malingering’
pretend to be ill, fake illness, feign illness, pretend to be an invalid, sham, shirk, skulkput it onskive, swing the leadgoldbrickView synonyms
- ‘Another woman, with early symptoms of Bubonic plague, was told she was malingering.’
- ‘A distinction should be made between factitious disorders and malingering.’
- ‘And we all have some creative, malingering patients worthy of an Academy Award.’
- ‘Evidence for this may prove difficult to find, and it remains impossible to exclude malingering as a potential cause.’
- ‘We've seen senior members of parliament here tell people with depression they're malingering, ‘get over it, get back to work’.’
- ‘Earlier this year a poll found that 40% of small businesses thought employees were malingering when they took sick leave.’
- ‘Initially, we were dejected and nearly ‘bought’ his hard luck story; but a little questioning gave away his sheer malingering.’
- ‘Is Miss Mason suffering from Chronic Pain Disorder or is she malingering…?’
- ‘I can think of several options other than lying and malingering to explain the onset of hysterical symptoms and recovered memories.’
- ‘And if it is, what about the terrific temptation we create for malingering?’
- ‘Inasmuch as results are not intuitive, inconsistency from an individual's attempts to malinger can be detected easily.’
- ‘There are cases where the hallucinations may be malingered or may be irrelevant to the criminal activity.’
- ‘Companies indicated that, in their opinion, a whopping 75% of time taken was due to feigned illness or malingering.’
- ‘Many people associate mental illness with self indulgence, weakness, and malingering.’
- ‘But in the case of mental illness, people are inclined to shut their minds to it, or, even worse, accuse the sufferer of malingering.’
- ‘Someone who malingers will fake an illness for some type of external gain, such as money.’
- ‘Because it is often impossible to determine who is malingering and who is not, it is impossible to know how frequently malingering occurs.’
- ‘There's a fine line between what's classed as malingering and what is accepted as genuine illness.’
- ‘Why are they malingering and eating up valuable Medicare tax dollars when they could so easily put us all out of their misery?’
- ‘Role-playing is not the same as faking or malingering.’
Early 19th century: back-formation from malingerer, apparently from French malingre, perhaps formed as mal- wrongly + haingre weak, probably of Germanic origin.
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