- conceipt (obsolete)
- (obsolete) Something conceived in the mind; an idea, a thought. [14th–18th c.]
- Francis Bacon
- In laughing, there ever procedeth a conceit of somewhat ridiculous.
- Bible, Proverbs xxvi. 12
- a man wise in his own conceit
- Francis Bacon
- The faculty of conceiving ideas; mental faculty; apprehension.
- a man of quick conceit
- Sir Philip Sidney
- 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.
- 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.]
- On his way to the gibbet, a freak took him in the head to go off with a conceit.
- Alexander Pope
- Some to conceit alone their works confine, / And glittering thoughts struck out at every line.
- Tasso is full of conceits […] which are not only below the dignity of heroic verse but contrary to its nature.
- 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.]
- (uncountable) Overly high self-esteem; vain pride; hubris. [from 17th c.]
- Plumed with conceit he calls aloud.
- Design; pattern.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
overly high self-esteem
idea, literary device
- (obsolete) To form an idea; to think.
- (obsolete, transitive) To conceive.
- The strong, by conceiting themselves weak, are therebly rendered as inactive […] as if they really were so.
- William Shakespeare
- One of two bad ways you must conceit me, / Either a coward or a flatterer.
- 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.