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CONCEIT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does conceit mean? 

CONCEIT (noun)
  The noun CONCEIT has 5 senses:

1. feelings of excessive pride
2. an elaborate poetic image or a far-fetched comparison of very dissimilar things
3. a witty or ingenious turn of phrase
4. an artistic device or effect
5. the trait of being unduly vain and conceited

  Familiarity information: CONCEIT used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONCEIT (noun)


Sense 1conceit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Feelings of excessive pride

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

amour propre; conceit; self-love; vanity

Hypernyms ("conceit" is a kind of...):

pride; pridefulness (a feeling of self-respect and personal worth)


Sense 2conceit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An elaborate poetic image or a far-fetched comparison of very dissimilar things

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("conceit" is a kind of...):

figure; figure of speech; image; trope (language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense)


Sense 3conceit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A witty or ingenious turn of phrase

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

he could always come up with some inspired off-the-wall conceit

Hypernyms ("conceit" is a kind of...):

turn of expression; turn of phrase (a distinctive spoken or written expression)


Sense 4conceit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An artistic device or effect

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

the architect's brilliant conceit was to build the house around the tree

Hypernyms ("conceit" is a kind of...):

device (something in an artistic work designed to achieve a particular effect)


Sense 5conceit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The trait of being unduly vain and conceited

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

conceitedness; vanity; conceit

Hypernyms ("conceit" is a kind of...):

pride (the trait of being spurred on by a dislike of falling below your standards)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "conceit"):

boastfulness; vainglory (outspoken conceit)

egotism; self-importance; swelled head (an exaggerated opinion of your own importance)

posturing (adopting a vain conceited posture)


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