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noun con·ceit \kən-ˈsēt\

Definition of conceit

  1. 1a (1) :  a result of mental activity :  thought (2) :  individual opinionb :  favorable opinion; especially :  excessive appreciation of one's own worth or virtue … the landlord's conceit of his own superior knowledge … — Adam Smith

  2. 2 :  a fancy item or trifle Conceits were fancy desserts, made either of sugar … or pastry. — Francie Owen

  3. 3a :  a fanciful ideab :  an elaborate or strained metaphor The poem abounds in metaphysical conceits.c :  use or presence of such conceits in poetryd :  an organizing theme or concept … found his conceit for the film early … — Peter Wilkinson … the historian's conceit that the past is forever prologue … — Leon V. Sigal

Examples of conceit in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of conceit

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from conceivre —see conceive


First Known Use: 14th century


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conceit

verb con·ceit

Definition of conceit

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  conceive, understand

  3. 2 chiefly dialectal :  imagine

  4. 3 dialectal British :  to take a fancy to

Examples of conceit in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of conceit

see 1conceit


First Known Use: 1557


CONCEIT Defined for English Language Learners

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noun con·ceit \kən-ˈsēt\

Definition of conceit for English Language Learners

  • : too much pride in your own worth or goodness

  • : an idea that shows imagination


CONCEIT Defined for Kids

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noun con·ceit \kən-ˈsēt\

Definition of conceit for Students

  1. :  too much pride in a person's own abilities or qualities :  excessive self-esteem



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