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conceit

noun con·ceit \ kən-ˈsēt \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

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
  • … the landlord's conceit of his own superior knowledge …
  • —Adam Smith
2 :a fancy item or trifle
  • Conceits were fancy desserts, made either of sugar … or pastry.
  • —Francie Owen
3 a :a fanciful idea
b :an elaborate or strained metaphor
  • The poem abounds in metaphysical conceits.
c :use or presence of such conceits in poetry
d :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

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Origin and Etymology of conceit

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

conceit Synonyms


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conceit

verb

Definition of conceit

transitive verb
1 obsolete :conceive, understand
2 chiefly dialectal :imagine
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


CONCEIT Defined for English Language Learners

conceit

noun

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

conceit

noun con·ceit \ kən-ˈsēt \

Definition of conceit for Students

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


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