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conceit


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  In  laughing,  there  ever  procedeth  a  conceit  of 
  somewhat  ridiculous.  --Bacon. 
 
  A  man  wise  in  his  own  conceit.  --Prov.  xxvi. 
  12. 
 
  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. 
  Sidney. 
 
  3.  Quickness  of  apprehension;  active  imagination;  lively 
  fancy. 
 
  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 
  --Pope. 
 
  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 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Conceit  \Con*ceit"\,  v.  i. 
  To  form  an  idea;  to  think.  [Obs.] 
 
  Those  whose  .  .  .  vulgar  apprehensions  conceit  but  low 
  of  matrimonial  purposes.  --Milton. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Conceit  \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 
  --South. 
 
  One  of  two  bad  ways  you  must  conceit  me  Either  a 
  coward  or  a  flatterer.  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  conceit 
  n  1:  feelings  of  excessive  pride  [syn:  {amour  propre},  {self-love}, 
  {vanity}] 
  2:  the  trait  of  being  vain  and  conceited  [syn:  {vanity}] 




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