- favorable opinion; esteem.
- personal opinion or estimation.
verb (used with object)
- to imagine.
- to conceive; apprehend.
Origin of conceit
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|Samantha Allen|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
This might seem like a conceit, but the end result is both troubling and overwhelmingly powerful.
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|Robin Sloan|September 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
As a means of fixing the fundamental problem of adapting Gatsby, the conceit does a serviceable job of correcting a deficit.
Oh, but how scant the utterance, and how faint, to my conceit!Dante: "The Central Man of All the World"|John T. Slattery
Does it suggest a standard to attain to, or does it merely minister to self-love and conceit?Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I.|Charles James Lever
That was it—the youth of these two had knocked his conceit into a cocked hat.The Drums Of Jeopardy|Harold MacGrath
Genius did not disdain the entrance, because it was not obstructed by numbers, or galled by conceit.
Johnny was pleased with the conceit, and the little tern were always afterwards known as the prince and princess.The Island Home|Richard Archer
British Dictionary definitions for conceit
- a witty expression
- fancy; imagination
- an idea
Word Origin for conceit
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).