Conceit

Definition of Conceit

Con`ceit´
n.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.
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.
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.
v. t.1.To conceive; to imagine.
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.
v. i.1.To form an idea; to think.
Those whose . . . vulgar apprehensions conceit but low of matrimonial purposes.
- Milton.

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