conceit

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

1con·ceit

noun \kən-ˈsēt\

: too much pride in your own worth or goodness

: an idea that shows imagination

Full Definition of CONCEIT

1
a (1) :  a result of mental activity :  thought (2) :  individual opinion
b :  favorable opinion; especially :  excessive appreciation of one's own worth or virtue
2
:  a fancy item or trifle
3
a :  a fanciful idea
b :  an elaborate or strained metaphor
c :  use or presence of such conceits in poetry
d :  an organizing theme or concept <found his conceit for the film early — Peter Wilkinson>

Examples of CONCEIT

  1. His conceit has earned him many enemies.
  2. <the conceit that the crowd at the outdoor rock concert was a vast sea of people waving to the beat of the music>

Origin of CONCEIT

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from conceivre
First Known Use: 14th century

2conceit

verb

Definition of CONCEIT

transitive verb
1
obsolete :  conceive, understand
2
chiefly dialect :  imagine
3
dial British :  to take a fancy to

Examples of CONCEIT

  1. <after a huge meal like that, I cannot conceit eating another thing for the rest of the day>

First Known Use of CONCEIT

1557

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