- an excessively favorable opinion of one's own ability, importance, wit, etc.
- something that is conceived in the mind; a thought; idea: He jotted down the conceits of his idle hours.
- imagination; fancy.
- a fancy; whim; fanciful notion.
- an elaborate, fanciful metaphor, especially of a strained or far-fetched nature.
- the use of such metaphors as a literary characteristic, especially in poetry.
- a fancy, purely decorative article.
- British Dialect.
- favorable opinion; esteem.
- personal opinion or estimation.
- Obsolete. the faculty of conceiving; apprehension.
- to flatter (especially oneself).
- British Dialect. to take a fancy to; have a good opinion of.
- to imagine.
- to conceive; apprehend.
- out of conceit with, displeased or dissatisfied with.
Origin of conceit
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Examples from the Web for conceit
Wolf concurs that the conceit of the show seems to have everyone but the sex worker in mind.To Catch a Sex Worker: A&E’s Awful, Exploitative Ambush Show
December 19, 2014
Because that conceit was straight/gay vs straight/straight, I could do a lot of overtly straight humor and it would be acceptable.Oscars Host Neil Patrick Harris on His Best and Worst Emcee Moments (VIDEO)
Neil Patrick Harris
October 15, 2014
This might seem like a conceit, but the end result is both troubling and overwhelmingly powerful.What You Missed But Shouldn’t Have In 2013
December 25, 2013
The style is stuffy, the syntax is antique, and the conceit is never really convincing.Robin Sloan’s Book Bag: Five Science Fiction Books That Matter
September 24, 2013
As a means of fixing the fundamental problem of adapting Gatsby, the conceit does a serviceable job of correcting a deficit.The Great Gatsby: Book Versus Movie
May 10, 2013
Too bad, though—you certainly need a wife to take the conceit out of you.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
No, nor for you either, although I suppose you have conceit enough to think so.In the Midst of Alarms
But I don't know; you've kind o' got me out o' conceit with it.The Village Watch-Tower
(AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
And if you only knew how ignorant and frivolous these women are, despite all their conceit!The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
The conceit deceitful in the painting, is the imagination that means more than its says.A Dish Of Orts
- a high, often exaggerated, opinion of oneself or one's accomplishments; vanity
- literary an elaborate image or far-fetched comparison, esp as used by the English Metaphysical poets
- a witty expression
- fancy; imagination
- an idea
- obsolete a small ornament
- Northern English dialect to like or be able to bear (something, such as food or drink)
- obsolete to think or imagine
Word Origin and History for conceit
late 14c., "something formed in the mind, thought, notion," from conceiven (see conceive) based on analogy of deceit and receipt. Sense evolved from "something formed in the mind," to "fanciful or witty notion" (1510s), to "vanity" (c.1600) through shortening of self-conceit (1580s).