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Definition of conceit noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] (disapproving) too much pride in yourself and what you do
  2. 2[countable] (formal) an artistic effect or device, especially one that is very clever or tries to be very clever but does not succeed The ill-advised conceit of the guardian angel dooms the movie from the start. The director's brilliant conceit was to film this tale in black and white.
  3. 3(technology) a clever expression in writing or speech that involves a comparison between two things synonym metaphor The idea of the wind singing is a romantic conceit.
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