Associations to the word «Conceit»


CONCEIT, noun. (obsolete) Something conceived in the mind; an idea, a thought. [14th–18th c.]
CONCEIT, noun. The faculty of conceiving ideas; mental faculty; apprehension.
CONCEIT, noun. Quickness of apprehension; active imagination; lively fancy.
CONCEIT, noun. (obsolete) Opinion, (neutral) judgment. [14th–18th c.]
CONCEIT, noun. (now rare) (dialectal) Esteem, favourable opinion. [from 15th c.]
CONCEIT, noun. (countable) A novel or fanciful idea; a whim. [from 16th c.]
CONCEIT, noun. (countable) (rhetoric) (literature) An ingenious expression or metaphorical idea, especially in extended form or used as a literary or rhetorical device. [from 16th c.]
CONCEIT, noun. (uncountable) Overly high self-esteem; vain pride; hubris. [from 17th c.]
CONCEIT, noun. Design; pattern.
CONCEIT, verb. (obsolete) To form an idea; to think.
CONCEIT, verb. (obsolete) (transitive) To conceive.

Dictionary definition

CONCEIT, noun. Feelings of excessive pride.
CONCEIT, noun. An elaborate poetic image or a far-fetched comparison of very dissimilar things.
CONCEIT, noun. A witty or ingenious turn of phrase; "he could always come up with some inspired off-the-wall conceit".
CONCEIT, noun. An artistic device or effect; "the architect's brilliant conceit was to build the house around the tree".
CONCEIT, noun. The trait of being unduly vain and conceited; false pride.

Wise words

One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose.