- The definition of conceit is a strong, exaggerated opinion of one's self.
An example of conceit is having excessive pride in one's own intellectual abilities.
- an idea; thought; concept
- personal opinion
- an exaggerated opinion of oneself, one's merits, etc.; vanity
Origin of conceit< It concetto, of same ult. orig.
- a fanciful or witty expression or notion; often, specif., a striking and elaborate metaphor, sometimes one regarded, esp. formerly, as strained and arbitrary
- the use of such expressions in writing or speaking
- a flight of imagination; fancy
- a small, imaginatively designed item
Origin of conceitMiddle English conceite ; from conceiven, conceive
- Obsolete to think or imagine
- Brit., Dialectal to think well of; take a fancy to
- a. Unduly favorable estimation of one's own abilities or worth; overly positive self-regard.b. Archaic Estimation or opinion of something, especially when favorable.
- a. A witty expression or fanciful idea: “opinionated and very funny in his conceits” (Paul Theroux).b. A fanciful poetic image, especially an elaborate or exaggerated comparison.c. Obsolete The result of intellectual activity; a thought or an opinion.
- a. A decorative article; a knickknack.b. An extravagant, fanciful, and elaborate construction or structure: “a bulky stone conceit with its paws clenched” (Edie Meidev).
transitive verbcon·ceit·ed, con·ceit·ing, con·ceits
- Chiefly British To take a fancy to.
- Obsolete To understand; conceive.
Origin of conceitMiddle English, mind, conception, from Anglo-Norman conceite, from Late Latin conceptus; see concept.
(countable and uncountable, plural conceits)
- Bible, Proverbs xxvi. 12
- a man wise in his own conceit
- The faculty of conceiving ideas; mental faculty; apprehension.
- a man of quick conceit
- Quickness of apprehension; active imagination; lively fancy.
- (now rare, dialectal) Esteem, favourable opinion. [from 15th c.]
- (countable) A novel or fanciful idea; a whim. [from 16th c.]
- (countable, rhetoric, literature) An ingenious expression or metaphorical idea, especially in extended form or used as a literary or rhetorical device. [from 16th c.]
- (uncountable) Overly high self-esteem; vain pride; hubris. [from 17th c.]
- Design; pattern.
(third-person singular simple present conceits, present participle conceiting, simple past and past participle conceited)
- One of two bad ways you must conceit me, / Either a coward or a flatterer.