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conceited

[kuh n-see-tid] /kənˈsi tɪd/
adjective
1.
having an excessively favorable opinion of one's abilities, appearance, etc.
2.
Archaic.
  1. having an opinion.
  2. fanciful; whimsical.
3.
Obsolete. intelligent; clever.
Origin of conceited
1535-1545
1535-45; conceit + -ed2
Related forms
conceitedly, adverb
conceitedness, noun
unconceited, adjective
unconceitedly, adverb
Synonyms
1. vain, proud, egotistical, self-important, self-satisfied.

conceit

[kuh n-seet] /kənˈsit/
noun
1.
an excessively favorable opinion of one's own ability, importance, wit, etc.
2.
something that is conceived in the mind; a thought; idea:
He jotted down the conceits of his idle hours.
3.
imagination; fancy.
4.
a fancy; whim; fanciful notion.
5.
an elaborate, fanciful metaphor, especially of a strained or far-fetched nature.
6.
the use of such metaphors as a literary characteristic, especially in poetry.
7.
a fancy, purely decorative article.
8.
British Dialect.
  1. favorable opinion; esteem.
  2. personal opinion or estimation.
9.
Obsolete. the faculty of conceiving; apprehension.
verb (used with object)
10.
to flatter (especially oneself).
11.
British Dialect. to take a fancy to; have a good opinion of.
12.
Obsolete.
  1. to imagine.
  2. to conceive; apprehend.
Idioms
13.
out of conceit with, displeased or dissatisfied with.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English conceyte, conceipt, derivative of conceive by analogy with deceive, deceit and receive, receipt; compare Anglo-French conceite; see concept
Synonyms
1. self-esteem, vanity, egotism, complacency. See pride.
Antonyms
1. humility.
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conceited

/kənˈsiːtɪd/
adjective
1.
having a high or exaggerated opinion of oneself or one's accomplishments
2.
(archaic) fanciful
3.
(obsolete) witty or intelligent
Derived Forms
conceitedly, adverb
conceitedness, noun

conceit

/kənˈsiːt/
noun
1.
a high, often exaggerated, opinion of oneself or one's accomplishments; vanity
2.
(literary) an elaborate image or far-fetched comparison, esp as used by the English Metaphysical poets
3.
(archaic)
  1. a witty expression
  2. fancy; imagination
  3. an idea
4.
(obsolete) a small ornament
verb (transitive)
5.
(Northern English, dialect) to like or be able to bear (something, such as food or drink)
6.
(obsolete) to think or imagine
Word Origin
C14: from conceive
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Word Origin and History for conceited
adj.

c.1600, "having an overweening opinion of oneself" (short for self-conceited, 1590s); earlier "having intelligence" (1540s); past participle adjective from conceit (q.v.).

conceit

n.

late 14c., "something formed in the mind, thought, notion," from conceiven (see conceive) based on analogy of deceit and receipt. Sense evolved from "something formed in the mind," to "fanciful or witty notion" (1510s), to "vanity" (c.1600) through shortening of self-conceit (1580s).

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