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conceit

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noun con·ceit \kən-ˈsēt\

Definition of conceit

  1. 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. 2 :  a fancy item or trifle

  3. 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 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


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 dialect :  imagine

  4. 3 dial 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>

1557

First Known Use of conceit

1557


CONCEIT Defined for English Language Learners

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conceit

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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

conceit

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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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