self-con·​ceit ˌself-kən-ˈsēt How to pronounce self-conceit (audio)
: an exaggerated opinion of one's own qualities or abilities : vanity
self-conceited adjective

Examples of self-conceit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The original 1877 building has grown not just to house the museum’s burgeoning collections and encompass its expanding role as an educator, entertainer and research institution, but to project an evolving sense of science’s self-conceit. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, 4 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1576, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-conceit was in 1576

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“Self-conceit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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: an exaggerated opinion of oneself : vanity
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