conceited

[kuhn-see-tid]
adjective
1.
having an excessively favorable opinion of one's abilities, appearance, etc.
2.
Archaic.
a.
having an opinion.
b.
fanciful; whimsical.
3.
Obsolete. intelligent; clever.

Origin:
1535–45; conceit + -ed2

conceitedly, adverb
conceitedness, noun
unconceited, adjective
unconceitedly, adverb


1. vain, proud, egotistical, self-important, self-satisfied.
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conceit

[kuhn-seet]
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.
a.
favorable opinion; esteem.
b.
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.
a.
to imagine.
b.
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


1. self-esteem, vanity, egotism, complacency. See pride.


1. humility.
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conceit (kənˈsiːt)
 
n
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
 a.  a witty expression
 b.  fancy; imagination
 c.  an idea
4.  obsolete a small ornament
 
vb
5.  dialect (Northern English) to like or be able to bear (something, such as food or drink)
6.  obsolete to think or imagine
 
[C14: from conceive]

conceited (kənˈsiːtɪd)
 
adj
1.  having a high or exaggerated opinion of oneself or one's accomplishments
2.  archaic fanciful
3.  obsolete witty or intelligent
 
con'ceitedly
 
adv
 
con'ceitedness
 
n

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conceit
late 14c., from conceiven (see conceive). An Eng. formation based on deceit and receipt. Sense evolved from "something formed in the mind," to "fanciful or witty notion" (1513), to "vanity" (1605) through shortening of self-conceit (1588).

conceited
1590s, "having an overweening opinion of oneself," pp. adj. from conceit (q.v.).
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Example sentences
He went all wrong at the start, was generally considered both conceited and arrogant, and universally detested.
Rather conceited in my opinion, but it also shows he was running a fever that day.
My conceited scorn for interpreters and those who resort to them is beginning to crumble.
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