conceit

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noun

verb (used with object)


Idioms

    out of conceit with, displeased or dissatisfied with.

Origin of conceit

1350–1400; Middle English conceyte, conceipt, derivative of conceive by analogy with deceive, deceit and receive, receipt; compare Anglo-French conceite; see concept

Synonyms for conceit

Antonyms for conceit

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Examples from the Web for conceiting

Historical Examples of conceiting

  • This afternoon, tired of scheming and conceiting for the future, I had a longing to be frivolous and care-free.

    The Prairie Mother

    Arthur Stringer

  • We are always looking toward the future, talking about the future, "conceiting" for the future, as the Irish say.

    The Prairie Wife

    Arthur Stringer


British Dictionary definitions for conceiting

conceit

noun

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
archaic
  1. a witty expression
  2. fancy; imagination
  3. an idea
obsolete a small ornament

verb (tr)

Northern English dialect to like or be able to bear (something, such as food or drink)
obsolete to think or imagine

Word Origin for conceit

C14: from conceive
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Word Origin and History for conceiting

conceit

n.

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).

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