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Meaning of CONCEIT

Pronunciation:  kun'seet

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the trait of being vain and conceited
  2. [n]  feelings of excessive pride

CONCEIT is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: amour propre, self-love, vanity, vanity
 See Also: boastfulness, egotism, posturing, pride, pride, pridefulness, self-importance, swelled head, vainglory



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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},
    1. That which is conceived, imagined, or formed in the mind;
       idea; thought; image; conception.
             In laughing, there ever procedeth a conceit of
             somewhat ridiculous.                  --Bacon.
             A man wise in his own conceit.        --Prov. xxvi.
    2. Faculty of conceiving ideas; mental faculty; apprehension;
       as, a man of quick conceit. [Obs.]
             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.
    3. Quickness of apprehension; active imagination; lively
             His wit's as thick as Tewksbury mustard; there's
             more conceit in him than is in a mallet. --Shak.
    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.
             On his way to the gibbet, a freak took him in the
             head to go off with a conceit.        --L'Estrange.
             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.                           --Dryden.
    5. An overweening idea of one's self; vanity.
             Plumed with conceit he calls aloud.   --Cotton.
    6. Design; pattern. [Obs.] --Shak.
    {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.
  2. \Con*ceit"\, v. t.
    To conceive; to imagine. [Archaic]
          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.                   --Shak.
  3. \Con*ceit"\, v. i.
    To form an idea; to think. [Obs.]
          Those whose . . . vulgar apprehensions conceit but low
          of matrimonial purposes.                 --Milton.
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