conceptism

noun

con·​cept·​ism
ˈkänˌsepˌtizəm
plural -s
: an obscurely allusive style characterized by ambiguous metaphors and puns that was developed chiefly by Spanish mystics of the 17th century

Word History

Etymology

Spanish conceptismo, from concepto concept, conceit, ingenious expression (from Late Latin conceptus thought—influenced in meaning by Italian concetto) + -ismo -ism

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“Conceptism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conceptism. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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