V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. pride and an overly high opinion of one's own importance and qualities; 2. an imaginative idea
Synonyms: vanity, pride, egotism, arrogance, narcissism, fancy, whim, notion, caprice
Antonyms: humility, modesty, self-effacement
Tips: Aside from the common meaning of "vanity," conceit is used as a literary device to stir the imagination. Think, "conceive or imagine." The related adjective conceited means "vain" or "arrogant."
My co-worker's conceit became evident when she placed two large mirrors on opposing sides of her cubicle. (vanity, narcissism)
Elizabethan poets used fanciful imagery to create conceits in their poetry, such as comparing a lover to a flower. (whims, notions)
Veronica is so conceited, she thinks she can do no wrong. (vain, arrogant) adjective
He was a very humble man with no conceit about him. (egotism, pride, vanity)
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