Free Dictionary

Free Dictionary

Home ×
Link Link Link Link

Search Result for "conceit": 
Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (5)

1. feelings of excessive pride;
[syn: amour propre, conceit, self-love, vanity]

2. an elaborate poetic image or a far-fetched comparison of very dissimilar things;

3. a witty or ingenious turn of phrase;
- Example: "he could always come up with some inspired off-the-wall conceit"

4. an artistic device or effect;
- Example: "the architect's brilliant conceit was to build the house around the tree"

5. the trait of being unduly vain and conceited; false pride;
[syn: conceit, conceitedness, vanity]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Conceit \Con*ceit"\, n. [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.] 1. That which is conceived, imagined, or formed in the mind; idea; thought; image; conception. [1913 Webster] In laughing, there ever procedeth a conceit of somewhat ridiculous. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] A man wise in his own conceit. --Prov. xxvi. 12. [1913 Webster] 2. Faculty of conceiving ideas; mental faculty; apprehension; as, a man of quick conceit. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 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. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster] 3. Quickness of apprehension; active imagination; lively fancy. [1913 Webster] His wit's as thick as Tewksbury mustard; there's more conceit in him than is in a mallet. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. 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. [1913 Webster] On his way to the gibbet, a freak took him in the head to go off with a conceit. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster] Some to conceit alone their works confine, And glittering thoughts struck out at every line. --Pope. [1913 Webster] Tasso is full of conceits . . . which are not only below the dignity of heroic verse but contrary to its nature. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 5. An overweening idea of one's self; vanity. [1913 Webster] Plumed with conceit he calls aloud. --Cotton. [1913 Webster] 6. Design; pattern. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] In conceit with, in accord with; agreeing or conforming. Out of conceit with, not having a favorable opinion of; not pleased with; as, a man is out of conceit with his dress. To put [one] out of conceit with, to make one indifferent to a thing, or in a degree displeased with it. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Conceit \Con*ceit"\, v. t. To conceive; to imagine. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] The strong, by conceiting themselves weak, are therebly rendered as inactive . . . as if they really were so. --South. [1913 Webster] One of two bad ways you must conceit me, Either a coward or a flatterer. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Conceit \Con*ceit"\, v. i. To form an idea; to think. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Those whose . . . vulgar apprehensions conceit but low of matrimonial purposes. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

conceit n 1: feelings of excessive pride [syn: amour propre, conceit, self-love, vanity] 2: an elaborate poetic image or a far-fetched comparison of very dissimilar things 3: a witty or ingenious turn of phrase; "he could always come up with some inspired off-the-wall conceit" 4: an artistic device or effect; "the architect's brilliant conceit was to build the house around the tree" 5: the trait of being unduly vain and conceited; false pride [syn: conceit, conceitedness, vanity] [ant: humbleness, humility]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

232 Moby Thesaurus words for "conceit": abstract thought, act of thought, affectation, aggressive self-confidence, amour propre, aphorism, apothegm, apprehension, arrogance, assume, assumption, assurance, attitude, bee, believe, bluster, boast, boastfulness, boasting, bombast, bon mot, boutade, brag, braggadocio, braggartism, bragging, brainstorm, brainwork, bravado, bright idea, bright thought, brilliant idea, bumptiousness, capriccio, caprice, cerebration, chestiness, climate of opinion, cockiness, cogitation, common belief, community sentiment, complacence, complacency, conceitedness, conceive, concept, conception, conceptualization, conclusion, consensus gentium, consequence, consideration, coxcombry, crack, crank, craze, crazy idea, creative thought, crotchet, dandyism, egoism, egotism, epigram, estimate, estimation, ethos, excogitation, expect, eye, face, facetiae, fad, fancy, fanfaronade, fantastic notion, fantasticism, fantasy, feeling, flash of wit, flight of fancy, flight of wit, flimflam, fool notion, foppery, foppishness, freak, freakish inspiration, fumes of fancy, gasconade, gasconism, gather, general belief, gibe, happy thought, harebrained idea, haughtiness, headwork, heavy thinking, heroics, humor, idea, ideation, image, imageless thought, imagination, imaginativeness, imagine, imagining, imago, immodesty, impression, independence, intellection, intellectual exercise, intellectual object, intellectualization, jactation, jactitation, judgment, kink, lights, maggot, megrim, memory-trace, mental act, mental image, mental impression, mental labor, mental process, mentation, mind, mot, mystique, narcissism, nasty crack, noesis, notion, observation, obtrusiveness, opinion, pardonable pride, passing fancy, perception, perkiness, persiflage, personal judgment, pertness, play of wit, pleasantry, point of view, pomposity, popular belief, position, posture, presumption, prevailing belief, pride, pridefulness, proudness, public belief, public opinion, puppyism, purse-pride, quip, quips and cranks, quirk, ratiocination, reaction, reasoning, recept, reckon, reflection, repartee, representation, retort, riposte, rodomontade, sally, scintillation, self-admiration, self-assertiveness, self-complacency, self-conceit, self-confidence, self-consequence, self-esteem, self-importance, self-love, self-reliance, self-respect, self-sufficiency, sentiment, side, sight, smart crack, smart saying, smugness, snappy comeback, stance, stiff-necked pride, stiff-neckedness, straight thinking, stroke of wit, stuffiness, suppose, supposition, swagger, swelled head, swelled-headedness, theory, think, thinking, thinking aloud, thinking out, thought, toy, turn of thought, vagary, vainglory, vainness, vanity, vaunt, vauntery, vaunting, view, way of thinking, whim, whim-wham, whimsy, wisecrack, witticism