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conceptismo

(from Spanish concepto, "literary conceit"), in Spanish literature, an affectation of style cultivated by essayists, especially satirists, in the 17th century. Conceptismo was characterized by its use of striking metaphors, expressed either concisely and epigrammatically or elaborated into lengthy conceits. Conceptismo played on ideas as the related culteranismo (q.v.) played on language.

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