What does conceit mean?

Definitions for conceit
kənˈsitcon·ceit

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. amour propre, conceit, self-love, vanitynoun

    feelings of excessive pride

  2. conceitnoun

    an elaborate poetic image or a far-fetched comparison of very dissimilar things

  3. conceitnoun

    a witty or ingenious turn of phrase

    "he could always come up with some inspired off-the-wall conceit"

  4. conceitnoun

    an artistic device or effect

    "the architect's brilliant conceit was to build the house around the tree"

  5. conceit, conceitedness, vanitynoun

    the trait of being unduly vain and conceited; false pride

Wiktionary

  1. conceitnoun

    Overly high self-esteem; vain pride; hubris.

  2. conceitnoun

    Something conceived in the mind; a conception; a notion; an idea; a thought.

  3. conceitnoun

    A novel or fanciful idea; a whim.

  4. conceitnoun

    A device of analogy consisting of an extended metaphor.

  5. conceitverb

    To form an idea; to think.

    Those whose vulgar apprehensions conceit but low of matrimonial purposes. uE000125472uE001 Milton.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Conceitnoun

    that which is conceived, imagined, or formed in the mind; idea; thought; image; conception

    Etymology: [Through French, fr. L. conceptus a conceiving, conception, fr. concipere to conceive: cf. OF. p. p. nom. conciez conceived. See Conceive, and cf. Concept, Deceit.]

  2. Conceitnoun

    faculty of conceiving ideas; mental faculty; apprehension; as, a man of quick conceit

    Etymology: [Through French, fr. L. conceptus a conceiving, conception, fr. concipere to conceive: cf. OF. p. p. nom. conciez conceived. See Conceive, and cf. Concept, Deceit.]

  3. Conceitnoun

    quickness of apprehension; active imagination; lively fancy

    Etymology: [Through French, fr. L. conceptus a conceiving, conception, fr. concipere to conceive: cf. OF. p. p. nom. conciez conceived. See Conceive, and cf. Concept, Deceit.]

  4. Conceitnoun

    a fanciful, odd, or extravagant notion; a quant fancy; an unnatural or affected conception; a witty thought or turn of expression; a fanciful device; a whim; a quip

    Etymology: [Through French, fr. L. conceptus a conceiving, conception, fr. concipere to conceive: cf. OF. p. p. nom. conciez conceived. See Conceive, and cf. Concept, Deceit.]

  5. Conceitnoun

    an overweening idea of one's self; vanity

    Etymology: [Through French, fr. L. conceptus a conceiving, conception, fr. concipere to conceive: cf. OF. p. p. nom. conciez conceived. See Conceive, and cf. Concept, Deceit.]

  6. Conceitnoun

    design; pattern

    Etymology: [Through French, fr. L. conceptus a conceiving, conception, fr. concipere to conceive: cf. OF. p. p. nom. conciez conceived. See Conceive, and cf. Concept, Deceit.]

  7. Conceitverb

    to conceive; to imagine

    Etymology: [Through French, fr. L. conceptus a conceiving, conception, fr. concipere to conceive: cf. OF. p. p. nom. conciez conceived. See Conceive, and cf. Concept, Deceit.]

  8. Conceitverb

    to form an idea; to think

    Etymology: [Through French, fr. L. conceptus a conceiving, conception, fr. concipere to conceive: cf. OF. p. p. nom. conciez conceived. See Conceive, and cf. Concept, Deceit.]

Freebase

  1. Conceit

    In literature, a conceit is an extended metaphor with a complex logic that governs a poetic passage or entire poem. By juxtaposing, usurping and manipulating images and ideas in surprising ways, a conceit invites the reader into a more sophisticated understanding of an object of comparison. Extended conceits in English are part of the poetic idiom of Mannerism, during the later sixteenth and early seventeenth century.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Conceit

    kon-sēt′, n. over-estimate of one's self: too favourable opinion of one's own good qualities: a pleasant, fantastical, or affected notion: wit: (Spens.) idea: (Shak.) understanding: estimate.—v.t. to conceive: to think.—adj. Conceit′ed, clever, witty, fantastical (obs. uses): having a high opinion of one's self: egotistical.—adv. Conceit′edly.—n. Conceit′edness.—adj. Conceit′less (Shak.), without conceit, stupid.—Out of conceit with, no longer fond of. [Through a Fr. form conceit, from L. conceptus, pa.p. of concipĕre.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of conceit in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of conceit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of conceit in a Sentence

  1. Socrates, Phaedrus, sct. 275:

    You are providing for your disciples a show of wisdom without the reality. For, acquiring by your means much information unaided by instruction, they will appear to possess much knowledge, while, in fact, they will, for the most part, know nothing at all; and, moreover, be disagreeable people to deal with, as having become wise in their own conceit, instead of truly wise.

  2. Epictetus:

    What is the first business of one who practices philosophy To get rid of self-conceit. For it is impossible for anyone to begin to learn that which he thinks he already knows.

  3. Brian Michael Bendis:

    There are thousands if not millions of stories of people who, for many different reasons, felt the need to hide their sexuality, the X-Men, with the conceit of time travel, give us a fascinating platform in which to examine such personal journeys. This is just the first little chapter of a much larger story that will be told.

  4. Author Unknown:

    Nature abhors a vacuum. When a head lacks brains, nature fills it with conceit.

  5. Jeff Melvoin:

    Sexually,we are all competing for the same seat on the bus and the thing that holds it together is the tightly held conceit that we are all sexual gods. How can I believe in my own uniqueness when there's a cat out there exactly the same as me

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