conceit


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con·ceit

 (kən-sēt′)
n.
1.
a. Unduly favorable estimation of one's own abilities or worth; overly positive self-regard.
b. Archaic Estimation or opinion of something, especially when favorable.
2.
a. A witty expression or fanciful idea: "opinionated and very funny in his conceits" (Paul Theroux).
b. A fanciful poetic image, especially an elaborate or exaggerated comparison.
c. Obsolete The result of intellectual activity; a thought or an opinion.
3.
a. A decorative article; a knickknack.
b. An extravagant, fanciful, and elaborate construction or structure: "a bulky stone conceit with its paws clenched" (Edie Meidev).
tr.v. con·ceit·ed, con·ceit·ing, con·ceits
1. Chiefly British To take a fancy to.
2. Obsolete To understand; conceive.

[Middle English, mind, conception, from Anglo-Norman conceite, from Late Latin conceptus; see concept.]
Synonyms: conceit, egoism, egotism, narcissism, vanity
These nouns denote excessively high regard for oneself: boasting that reveals conceit; the blatant egoism of his self-flattering memoir; arrogance and egotism that were obvious from her actions; narcissism that shut out everyone else; wounded his vanity by looking in the mirror.
Antonym: humility

conceit

(kənˈsiːt)
n
1. a high, often exaggerated, opinion of oneself or one's accomplishments; vanity
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) literary an elaborate image or far-fetched comparison, esp as used by the English Metaphysical poets
3. archaic
a. a witty expression
b. fancy; imagination
c. an idea
4. obsolete a small ornament
vb (tr)
5. dialect Northern English to like or be able to bear (something, such as food or drink)
6. obsolete to think or imagine
[C14: from conceive]

con•ceit

(kənˈsit)

n.
1. an excessively favorable opinion of one's own ability, importance, wit, etc.; vanity.
2. a fancy or whim.
3. an elaborate, fanciful metaphor, esp. of a strained or far-fetched nature.
4. something conceived in the mind; a thought; idea.
5. a fancy, purely decorative article.
v.t.
6. Obs.
a. to imagine.
b. to apprehend.
[1350–1400; Middle English, derivative of conceive, by analogy with deceive]
syn: See pride.

conceit


Past participle: conceited
Gerund: conceiting

Imperative
conceit
conceit
Present
I conceit
you conceit
he/she/it conceits
we conceit
you conceit
they conceit
Preterite
I conceited
you conceited
he/she/it conceited
we conceited
you conceited
they conceited
Present Continuous
I am conceiting
you are conceiting
he/she/it is conceiting
we are conceiting
you are conceiting
they are conceiting
Present Perfect
I have conceited
you have conceited
he/she/it has conceited
we have conceited
you have conceited
they have conceited
Past Continuous
I was conceiting
you were conceiting
he/she/it was conceiting
we were conceiting
you were conceiting
they were conceiting
Past Perfect
I had conceited
you had conceited
he/she/it had conceited
we had conceited
you had conceited
they had conceited
Future
I will conceit
you will conceit
he/she/it will conceit
we will conceit
you will conceit
they will conceit
Future Perfect
I will have conceited
you will have conceited
he/she/it will have conceited
we will have conceited
you will have conceited
they will have conceited
Future Continuous
I will be conceiting
you will be conceiting
he/she/it will be conceiting
we will be conceiting
you will be conceiting
they will be conceiting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been conceiting
you have been conceiting
he/she/it has been conceiting
we have been conceiting
you have been conceiting
they have been conceiting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been conceiting
you will have been conceiting
he/she/it will have been conceiting
we will have been conceiting
you will have been conceiting
they will have been conceiting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been conceiting
you had been conceiting
he/she/it had been conceiting
we had been conceiting
you had been conceiting
they had been conceiting
Conditional
I would conceit
you would conceit
he/she/it would conceit
we would conceit
you would conceit
they would conceit
Past Conditional
I would have conceited
you would have conceited
he/she/it would have conceited
we would have conceited
you would have conceited
they would have conceited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.conceit - feelings of excessive prideconceit - feelings of excessive pride    
pride, pridefulness - a feeling of self-respect and personal worth
2.conceit - an elaborate poetic image or a far-fetched comparison of very dissimilar things
figure of speech, trope, image, figure - language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense
3.conceit - a witty or ingenious turn of phrase; "he could always come up with some inspired off-the-wall conceit"
turn of expression, turn of phrase - a distinctive spoken or written expression; "John's succinct turn of phrase persuaded her that it would not be a good idea"
4.conceit - an artistic device or effect; "the architect's brilliant conceit was to build the house around the tree"
device - something in an artistic work designed to achieve a particular effect
5.conceit - the trait of being unduly vain and conceitedconceit - the trait of being unduly vain and conceited; false pride
trait - a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
narcism, narcissism, self-love - an exceptional interest in and admiration for yourself; "self-love that shut out everyone else"
boastfulness, vainglory - outspoken conceit
egotism, swelled head, self-importance - an exaggerated opinion of your own importance
posturing - adopting a vain conceited posture
humility, humbleness - a disposition to be humble; a lack of false pride; "not everyone regards humility as a virtue"

conceit

noun
1. self-importance, vanity, arrogance, complacency, pride, swagger, narcissism, egotism, self-love, amour-propre, vainglory He knew, without conceit, that he was considered a genius.
2. (Archaic) image, idea, concept, metaphor, imagery, figure of speech, trope Critics may complain that the novel's central conceit is rather simplistic.
3. (Archaic) fancy, thought, idea, opinion, belief, notion, fantasy, judgment, vagary, whimsy the conceit that God has placed the creature of His image in the center of the cosmos
Quotations
"As for conceit, what man will do any good who is not conceited? Nobody holds a good opinion of a man who has a low opinion of himself" [Anthony Trollope Orley Farm]

conceit

noun
1. A regarding of oneself with undue favor:
Slang: ego trip.
2. An impulsive, often illogical turn of mind:
verb
Chiefly British. To find agreeable:
Translations
إعْتِداد بِالنَّفْس، إعْجاب بِالذّات
domýšlivostješitnost
indbilskhed
sjálfbirgingsháttur, mont
うぬぼれ
linkęs puikuotispasipūtimaspuikybė
augstprātībaiedomība
kendini beğenmekibir

conceit

[kənˈsiːt] N
1. (= pride) → vanidad f, presunción f, engreimiento m
2. (Literat) → concepto m

conceit

[kənˈsiːt] n (= vanity) → vanité f, suffisance f

conceit

n
(= pride)Einbildung f; he’s full of conceiter ist schrecklich eingebildet
he is wise in his own conceit (liter)er dünkt sich weise (liter)
(Liter) → Konzetto nt

conceit

[kənˈsiːt] nvanità f inv, presunzione f

conceit

(kənˈsiːt) noun
too much pride in oneself. He's full of conceit about his good looks.
conˈceited adjective
having too much pride in oneself. She's conceited about her artistic ability.

conceit is spelt with -ei-.
References in classic literature ?
You have a good many little gifts and virtues, but there is no need of parading them, for conceit spoils the finest genius.
No, no; your young white, who gathers his learning from books and can measure what he knows by the page, may conceit that his knowledge, like his legs, outruns that of his fathers', but, where experience is the master, the scholar is made to know the value of years, and respects them accordingly.
I found it simple, in my ignorance, my confusion, and perhaps my conceit, to assume that I could deal with a boy whose education for the world was all on the point of beginning.
And if the idea of peril so much enhances the popular conceit of the soldier's profession; let me assure ye that many a veteran who has freely marched up to a battery, would quickly recoil at the apparition of the sperm whale's vast tail, fanning into eddies the air over his head.
A pestilent conceit, which so often will insist upon obtruding even when beholding the mightiest royal beadle on his throne.
Methinks there is equal need of a Society for the Diffusion of Useful Ignorance, what we will call Beautiful Knowledge, a knowledge useful in a higher sense: for what is most of our boasted so-called knowledge but a conceit that we know something, which robs us of the advantage of our actual ignorance?
The Alps and the glaciers together are able to take every bit of conceit out of a man and reduce his self-importance to zero if he will only remain within the influence of their sublime presence long enough to give it a fair and reasonable chance to do its work.
Clah to goodness if dat conceit o' yo'n strikes in, Jasper, it gwine to kill you sho'.
Harriet certainly was not clever, but she had a sweet, docile, grateful disposition, was totally free from conceit, and only desiring to be guided by any one she looked up to.
The ivory, the gold, and the pearls, all received their appointment, and the gentleman having named the last day on which his existence could be continued without the possession of the toothpick-case, drew on his gloves with leisurely care, and bestowing another glance on the Miss Dashwoods, but such a one as seemed rather to demand than express admiration, walked off with a happy air of real conceit and affected indifference.
Besides, it's infernal affectation - devilish conceit it is, to cherish our ears - we're asses enough without them.
The little man apologized, with a cheerful and simpering conceit, for his litter of curiosities, his dressing-gown, and his delicate health; and, waving his hand toward a chair, placed his attention, with pragmatical politeness, at the visitor's disposal.