Definition of conceit noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kənˈsiːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsiːt//
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  1. 1[uncountable] (disapproving) too much pride in yourself and what you do I can say without conceit that I have talent. See related entries: Proud
  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 film from the start. The director’s brilliant conceit was to film this tale in black and white.
  3. 3[countable] (specialist) 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.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘notion’, also ‘quaintly decorative article’): from conceive, on the pattern of pairs such as deceive, deceit.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: conceit