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    I think it doesn't mean what you intend it to mean in that sentence...?  I'm not quite sure what you mean, actually, although you're working off of a very old concept:

    Damning with faint praise is an English idiom for words that effectively condemn by seeming to offer praise which is too moderate or marginal to be considered praise at all.[1] In other words, this phrase identifies the act of expressing a compliment so feeble that it amounts to no compliment at all, or even implies a kind of condemnation.[2]
    feint
    Noun
    A deceptive or pretended blow, thrust, or other movement, esp. in boxing or fencing.
    Verb
    Make a deceptive or distracting movement, typically during a fight.
    Synonyms
    noun.      sham - affectation - pretence - simulation
    verb.      sham
    feign
    Verb
    Pretend to be affected by (a feeling, state, or injury): "she feigned nervousness".
    Synonyms
    pretend - simulate - sham - dissemble - affect - fake
    Please don't take my comment as a negative criticism.  I'm really only trying to analyze what you mean, and as a wordsmith I'm pointing out the similarities of faint, feint, and feign, and the definitions thereof.  I commonly see all three used incorrectly in blogs and wish there was a computer program that knew the difference and could correct more than spelling.

    I get that you are trying to turn around the phrase 'damn with faint praise.'  I just don't know what you mean by the words you've used.

    As I said, not meant as negative criticism, just seeking analytical clarity.

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 06:38:05 AM PDT

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