Con*ceit" (?), n. [Through French, fr. L. conceptus a conceiving, conception, fr. concipere to conceive: cf. OF. p. p. nom. conciez conceived. See Conceive, and cf. Concept, Deceit.]


That which is conceived, imagined, or formed in the mind; idea; thought; image; conception.

In laughing, there ever procedeth a conceit of somewhat ridiculous. Bacon.

A man wise in his own conceit. Prov. xxvi. 12.


Faculty of conceiving ideas; mental faculty; apprehension; as, a man of quick conceit.


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. Sir P. Sidney.


Quickness of apprehension; active imagination; lively fancy.

His wit's as thick as Tewksbury mustard; there's more conceit in him than is in a mallet. Shak.


A fanciful, odd, or extravagant notion; a quant fancy; an unnatural or affected conception; a witty thought or turn of expression; a fanciful device; a whim; a quip.

On his way to the gibbet, a freak took him in the head to go off with a conceit. L'Estrange.

Some to conceit alone their works confine, And glittering thoughts struck out at every line. Pope.

Tasso is full of conceits . . . which are not only below the dignity of heroic verse but contrary to its nature. Dryden.


An overweening idea of one's self; vanity.

Plumed with conceit he calls aloud. Cotton.


Design; pattern.



In conceit with, in accord with; agreeing or conforming. -- Out of conceit with, not having a favorable opinion of; not pleased with; as, a man is out of conceit with his dress. -- To put [one] out conceit with, to make one indifferent to a thing, or in a degree displeased with it.


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Con*ceit" (?), v. t.

To conceive; to imagine.


The strong, by conceiting themselves weak, are therebly rendered as inactive . . . as if they really were so. South.

One of two bad ways you must conceit me, Either a coward or a flatterer. Shak.


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Con*ceit", v. i.

To form an idea; to think.


Those whose . . . vulgar apprehensions conceit but low of matrimonial purposes. Milton.


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