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."

Usage Examples:

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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