Conceiting



[kuh n-seet] /kənˈsit/

noun
1.
an excessively favorable opinion of one’s own ability, importance, wit, etc.
2.
something that is conceived in the mind; a thought; idea:
He jotted down the conceits of his idle hours.
3.
imagination; fancy.
4.
a fancy; whim; fanciful notion.
5.
an elaborate, fanciful metaphor, especially of a strained or far-fetched nature.
6.
the use of such metaphors as a literary characteristic, especially in poetry.
7.
a fancy, purely decorative article.
8.
British Dialect.

9.
Obsolete. the faculty of conceiving; apprehension.
verb (used with object)
10.
to flatter (especially oneself).
11.
British Dialect. to take a fancy to; have a good opinion of.
12.
Obsolete.

Idioms
13.
out of conceit with, displeased or dissatisfied with.
/kənˈsiːt/
noun
1.
a high, often exaggerated, opinion of oneself or one’s accomplishments; vanity
2.
(literary) an elaborate image or far-fetched comparison, esp as used by the English Metaphysical poets
3.
(archaic)

4.
(obsolete) a small ornament
verb (transitive)
5.
(Northern English, dialect) to like or be able to bear (something, such as food or drink)
6.
(obsolete) to think or imagine
n.

late 14c., “something formed in the mind, thought, notion,” from conceiven (see conceive) based on analogy of deceit and receipt. Sense evolved from “something formed in the mind,” to “fanciful or witty notion” (1510s), to “vanity” (c.1600) through shortening of self-conceit (1580s).

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