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- conceipt (obsolete)
- (obsolete) Something conceived in the mind; an idea, a thought. [14th–18th c.]
- The faculty of conceiving ideas; mental faculty; apprehension.
- a man of quick conceit
- a. 1587, Philippe Sidnei [i.e., Philip Sidney], “(please specify the page number)”, in Fulke Greville, Matthew Gwinne, and John Florio, editors, The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia [The New Arcadia], London: […] [John Windet] for William Ponsonbie, published 1590, →OCLC; republished in Albert Feuillerat, editor, The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia (Cambridge English Classics: The Complete Works of Sir Philip Sidney; I), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire: University Press, 1912, →OCLC:
- 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.
- Quickness of apprehension; active imagination; lively fancy.
- c. 1596–1599 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act II, scene iv]:
- His wit's as thick as Tewksbury mustard; there is no more conceit in him than is in a mallet.
- (obsolete) Opinion, (neutral) judgment. [14th–18th c.]
- (now rare, dialectal) Esteem, favourable opinion. [from 15th c.]
- 1499, John Skelton, The Bowge of Courte:
- By him that me boughte, than quod Dysdayne, / I wonder sore he is in suche cenceyte.
- (countable) A novel or fanciful idea; a whim. [from 16th c.]
- 1692, Roger L’Estrange, “ (please specify the fable number.) (please specify the name of the fable.)”, in Fables, of Æsop and Other Eminent Mythologists: […], London: […] R[ichard] Sare, […], →OCLC:
- On his way to the gibbet, a freak took him in the head to go off with a conceit.
- 1693, John Dryden, An Essay on Satire:
- Tasso […] is full of conceits […] which are not only below the dignity of heroic verse but contrary to its nature.
- 1851 November 14, Herman Melville, chapter 1, in Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, 1st American edition, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers; London: Richard Bentley, →OCLC, page 7:
- By reason of these things, then, the whaling voyage was welcome; the great flood-gates of the wonder-world swung open, and in the wild conceits that swayed me to my purpose, two and two there floated into my inmost soul, endless processions of the whale, and, mid most of them all, one grand hooded phantom, like a snow hill in the air.
- 2012, Lauren Elkin, Scott Esposito, The End of Oulipo?: An attempt to exhaust a movement:
- The book's main conceit is to make poetry from univocal words (words containing just one vowel) […]
- (countable, rhetoric, literature) An ingenious expression or metaphorical idea, especially in extended form or used as a literary or rhetorical device. [from 16th c.]
- 1985 November 24, Gerald Jonas, “Science Fiction”, in The New York Times, →ISSN:
- The “cyberspace” conceit allows him to dramatize computer hacking in nontechnical language, although I wonder how much his somewhat florid descriptions of the “bodiless exultation of cyberspace” will mean to readers who have not experienced the illusion of power that punching the keyboard of even a dinky little word-processor can give.
- 2020 January 22, Stuart Jeffries, “Terry Jones obituary”, in The Guardian:
- Jones and Palin wrote and starred in The Complete and Utter History of Britain (1969) for LWT. Its conceit was to relate historical incidents as if TV had existed at the time.
- (uncountable) Overly high self-esteem; vain pride; hubris. [from 17th c.]
- 1826, Nathaniel Cotton, Fables:
- Plum'd with conceit he calls aloud.
- Design; pattern.
- c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act IV, scene vi]:
- And yet I know not how conceit may rob the treasury of life when life itself yields to the theft;
overly high self-esteem
ingenious expression or metaphorical idea as a literary device
- (obsolete) To form an idea; to think.
- (obsolete, transitive) To conceive.
- 1646, Sir Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, V.23:
- That owls and ravens are ominous appearers, and presignifying unlucky events, as Christians yet conceit, was also an augurial conception.
- 1692–1717, Robert South, Twelve Sermons Preached upon Several Occasions, 6th edition, volumes (please specify |volume=I to VI), London: […] J[ames] Bettenham, for Jonah Bowyer, […], published 1727, →OCLC:
- The strong, by conceiting themselves weak, are therebly rendered as inactive […] as if they really were so.
- “conceit”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “conceit”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- “conceit”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.
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