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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
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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 ?
But of all there were none he liked so well as those of the famous Feliciano de Silva's composition, for their lucidity of style and complicated conceits were as pearls in his sight, particularly when in his reading he came upon courtships and cartels, where he often found passages like "the reason of the unreason with which my reason is afflicted so weakens my reason that with reason I murmur at your beauty;" or again, "the high heavens, that of your divinity divinely fortify you with the stars, render you deserving of the desert your greatness deserves.
The causes of superstition are: pleasing and sensual rites and ceremonies; excess of outward and pharisaical holiness; overgreat reverence of traditions, which cannot but load the church; the stratagems of prelates, for their own ambition and lucre; the favoring too much of good intentions, which openeth the gate to conceits and novelties; the taking an aim at divine matters, by human, which cannot but breed mixture of imaginations: and, lastly, barbarous times, especially joined with calamities and disasters.
Shyness simply means extreme sensibility, and has nothing whatever to do with self-consciousness or with conceit, though its relationship to both is continually insisted upon by the poll-parrot school of philosophy.
I do not, of course, speak of the conceit that displays itself in an elevated nose and a falsetto voice.
Fretted conceit and suppressed envy--perhaps your fathers' conceit and envy: in you break they forth as flame and frenzy of vengeance.
You have a good many little gifts and virtues, but there is no need of parading them, for conceit spoils the finest genius.
But beware how you presume on an appearance of indifference, which is nothing but conceit in disguise.
It is not impossible that this conceit occurred to Hawthorne before he had himself seen the Old Man of the Mountain, or the Profile, in the Franconia Notch which is generally associated in the minds of readers with The Great Stone Face.
She liked him, however, upon the whole, much better than she had expected, and in her heart was not sorry that she could like him no more;-- not sorry to be driven by the observation of his Epicurism, his selfishness, and his conceit, to rest with complacency on the remembrance of Edward's generous temper, simple taste, and diffident feelings.
In his library he had been always sure of leisure and tranquillity; and though prepared, as he told Elizabeth, to meet with folly and conceit in every other room of the house, he was used to be free from them there; his civility, therefore, was most prompt in inviting Mr.
When he's not engaging in acts of derring-do and impossibly keen marksmanship with his bow and arrows, he's flirtatiously circling 12th-century riot grrl Marion (Lucy Griffiths), who, in one of the series' more tiresome conceits, is alternately beguiled and repelled by Robin's advances.
Lukas, vice president of policy at the Independent Women's Forum, presents plenty of standard-and correct--answers to the various conceits of women studies' departments in the opening chapters of her book.