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conceit

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n conceit the trait of being unduly vain and conceited; false pride
    • n conceit an artistic device or effect "the architect's brilliant conceit was to build the house around the tree"
    • n conceit a witty or ingenious turn of phrase "he could always come up with some inspired off-the-wall conceit"
    • n conceit an elaborate poetic image or a far-fetched comparison of very dissimilar things
    • n conceit feelings of excessive pride
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Conceit A fanciful, odd, or extravagant notion; a quant fancy; an unnatural or affected conception; a witty thought or turn of expression; a fanciful device; a whim; a quip. "On his way to the gibbet, a freak took him in the head to go off with a conceit .""Some to conceit alone their works confine,
      And glittering thoughts struck out at every line."
      "Tasso is full of conceits . . . which are not only below the dignity of heroic verse but contrary to its nature."
    • Conceit An overweening idea of one's self; vanity. "Plumed with conceit he calls aloud."
    • Conceit Design; pattern.
    • Conceit Faculty of conceiving ideas; mental faculty; apprehension; as, a man of quick conceit . "How often, alas! did her eyes say unto me that they loved! and yet I, not looking for such a matter, had not my conceit open to understand them."
    • Conceit Quickness of apprehension; active imagination; lively fancy. "His wit's as thick as Tewksbury mustard; there's more conceit in him than is in a mallet."
    • Conceit That which is conceived, imagined, or formed in the mind; idea; thought; image; conception. "In laughing, there ever procedeth a conceit of somewhat ridiculous.""A man wise in his own conceit ."
    • v. t Conceit To conceive; to imagine. "The strong, by conceiting themselves weak, are therebly rendered as inactive . . . as if they really were so.""One of two bad ways you must conceit me,
      Either a coward or a flatterer."
      "Charity . . . thinketh no evil."
    • v. i Conceit To form an idea; to think. "Those whose . . . vulgar apprehensions conceit but low of matrimonial purposes."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n conceit That which is conceived, imagined, or formed in the mind; conception; idea; thought; image.
    • n conceit The faculty of conceiving; understanding; apprehension.
    • n conceit Opinion; estimation; view or belief.
    • n conceit An undue opinion; a baseless fancy; a crotchety notion.
    • n conceit An exaggerated estimate of one's own mental ability, or of the importance or value of what one has done; an overvaluation of one's own acuteness, wit, learning, etc.; self-conceit: as, a man inflated with conceit.
    • n conceit A witty, happy, or ingenious thought or expression; a quaint or humorous fancy; wit; humor; ingenuity; especially, in modern usage, a quaint or odd thought; a thought or expression intended to be striking or poetical, but rather far-fetched, insipid, or pedantic.
    • n conceit A fanciful or ingenious device or invention.
    • n conceit A trifle; a dainty; a kickshaw.
    • n conceit Synonyms Vagary, whim, illusion.
    • n conceit Pride, Vanity, etc. (see egotism), self-sufficiency, self-complacency.
    • conceit To conceive; imagine; think; suppose; form an idea of.
    • conceit Reflexively, to imagine; fancy; think; believe: implying error.
    • conceit To cause to imagine.
    • conceit To form a notion; have an opinion; conceive.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Conceit kon-sēt′ over-estimate of one's self: too favourable opinion of one's own good qualities: a pleasant, fantastical, or affected notion: wit: :
    • v.t Conceit to conceive: to think
    • n Conceit kon-sēt′ (Spens.) idea
    • n Conceit kon-sēt′ (Shak.) understanding: estimate
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Quotations

  • Francis Bacon
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    “Of great wealth there is no real use, except in its distribution, the rest is just conceit.”
  • William M. Thackeray
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    “People who do not know how to laugh are always pompous and self-conceited.”
  • Count Leo Tolstoy
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    “Conceit is incompatible with understanding.”
  • Harry S Truman
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    “Conceit is God's gift to little men.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “Conceit is a queer disease -- it makes everyone Sick except the person who has it.”
  • Iris Murdoch
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    “Philosophy! Empty thinking by ignorant conceited men who think they can digest without eating!”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Through French, fr. L. conceptus, a conceiving, conception, fr. concipere, to conceive: cf. OF. p. p. nom. conciez, conceived. See Conceive, and cf. Concept Deceit
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through a Fr. form conceit, from L. conceptus, pa.p. of concipĕre.

Usage

In literature:

Man's conceit is not love of himself but of his fellow-men.
"The Spinster Book" by Myrtle Reed
He's priggish and conceited; he's a poser, too.
"The Shield of Silence" by Harriet T. Comstock
And next, and worst of all, self-conceited people.
"Westminster Sermons with a Preface" by Charles Kingsley
For one, it is cursing and swearing; for another vanity and conceit.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
I was wiser in my own conceit than all the believers on earth.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
Oh, vanity and conceit!
"Dr. Dumany's Wife" by Mór Jókai
Support these languishing conceits that perish!
"Elizabethan Sonnet Cycles" by Thomas Lodge and Giles Fletcher
Such conceits were then still in fashion, and the numbers of the "Tatler" which contained them had the largest sale.
"History of English Humour, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange
Be sober in your conceits.
"The Covenants And The Covenanters" by Various
He refused to believe in the seriousness of any impression she had made on his brother's conceited fancy.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
I am not so silly, and it is very conceited of you, and I have no patience with you.
"Girlhood and Womanhood" by Sarah Tytler
They're not quite so conceited, but they're awfully touchy.
"Captain Jinks, Hero" by Ernest Crosby
At that change my look slid off the self-conceited face, like rain off a particularly slippery duck's back.
"Set in Silver" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
Nevertheless, the mere words stung Charmian's almost childish self-conceit.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
He would watch the young lovers from afar, and then go off by himself and laugh heartily at his own conceits.
"Mingo" by Joel Chandler Harris
And they're conceited at that.
"Tell Me Another Story" by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
Curtis laughed at the conceit, which was grotesque in its very essence.
"One Wonderful Night" by Louis Tracy
Partly I believe in the conceit of showing off my own skill and daring, and partly by way of "hardening" Mrs.
"A Flat Iron for a Farthing" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
It will be a pleasure to go out in this hat, and I shall feel quite nice and conceited again.
"Big Game" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
I think what I feel most is shame for my own conceit.
"A Houseful of Girls" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
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In poetry:

A maid too easily
Conceits herself to be
Those things
Her lover sings;
"Any Saint" by Francis Thompson
There is the vain, derisive smile,
Of cynical conceit;
The drunken leer, the grimace vile,
Of lives with crime replete.
"Smiles." by Alfred Castner King
In doubts, renouncing self-conceit,
His word and Spirit prize:
He never counsell'd wrong as yet,
Thy Husband is so wise.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter I." by Ralph Erskine
But still conceit was uppermost,
That stupid kind of pride:--
"Dost think I cannot see a post?
"Dost think I want a guide?
"The Drunken Father" by Robert Bloomfield
Conceited whelp! we laugh at thee—
Nor mind, that now a few
Of pompous, two-legged dogs there be,
Conceited quite as you.
"The Bear Hunt" by Abraham Lincoln
Never eye that can behold it,
Though it worketh first by seeing;
Nor conceit that can unfold it,
Though in thoughts be all its being.
"A Quarrel With Love" by Nicholas Breton

In news:

These conceited age-old protagonists agree on one thing.
Instead of staying the monetarist course, Volcker's successor as Fed chairman, Alan Greenspan, too often preferred to manage the economy--a fatal conceit, a monetarist would say.
In spite of the Biblical injunction "Be not wise in thy own conceit," mankind faces an epidemic of smugness .
That carries over to The New Deadwardians in its core conceit of zombies as under-class and vampires as the upper-crust types.
Irony is one the most overused conceits in contemporary art.
Universal has put out a trailer for The Change-Up, which stars Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman in a guys-switching-bodies conceit.
Both conservative and liberal Jewish critics have panned Peter Beinart's book about the so-called Crisis of Zionism, giving the onetime neo-liberal scribbler a series of spankings that would daunt a less conceited author.
Is it conceit or disdain for America that motivated our president to pick the socialist "Forward" campaign slogan.
The gay conceit helps account for Hamlet 's notorious logorrhea, too.
"Scott is the guy who invented The Onion 's comedic conceit, he invented The Onion 's sense of humor.".
Paper-white Botanical name: Narcissus Symbolic meaning: Conceit, Self-love.
The conceit is that we're watching one Aeroganteus's The God of War at a festival of Dionysus circa 500 BC.
Clive James appears to be a mean spirited, conceited, petty, egotistical, immature poetaster, who rejoices with indecorous and deplorable Schadenfreude at the misfortunes of others EDWARD QUONBOROUGH Stamford, Conn.
The menu's conceit is that "the best Sicilian meals are found in homes," and to that end, Next strives to re-create a home-dining experience.
The previous owner of this crazed pseudo-intellectual conceit just happens to be Newt Gingrich.
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In science:

The last paper in the series will focus upon models concerned only with the simulation of fire spread over the landscape and models that utilise mathematical conceits analogous to fire spread but which have no real-world connection to fire.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present 2: Empirical and quasi-empirical models
The main conceit of this notion, previously proposed in Viegas (1998) and Viegas et al. (1998), is that a line fire lit at an angle to a slope or wind gradient undergoes a translation and rotation of the fireline in order to spread with the maximum rate in the direction of the gradient.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present 2: Empirical and quasi-empirical models
Are we so fortunate to have discovered all basic forces in the twentieth century? It seems to me that for physicists to say absolutely ”yes” shows enormous conceit.
From Accelerators To Asteroids
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