- 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.
conceit definition by Webster's New World
- an idea; thought; concept
- personal opinion
- an exaggerated opinion of oneself, one's merits, etc.; vanity
Origin: < 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: Middle English conceite ; from conceiven, conceive
- Obsolete to think or imagine
- Brit., Dialectal to think well of; take a fancy to
conceit definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A favorable and especially unduly high opinion of one's own abilities or worth.
- An ingenious or witty turn of phrase or thought.
- a. A fanciful poetic image, especially an elaborate or exaggerated comparison.b. A poem or passage consisting of such an image.
- a. The result of intellectual activity; a thought or an opinion.b. A fanciful thought or idea.
- a. A fancy article; a knickknack.b. An extravagant, fanciful, and elaborate construction or structure: “An eccentric addition to the lobby is a life-size wooden horse, a 19th century conceit” (Mimi Sheraton).
- Chiefly British To take a fancy to.
- Obsolete To understand; conceive.
Origin: Middle English, mind, conception, from Anglo-Norman conceite, from Late Latin conceptus; see concept.