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120. Conceit (See also Arrogance, Boastfulness, Egotism.)

  1. Ajax (the lesser ) boastful and insolent; drowns due to vanity. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 14]
  2. Bunthorne, Reginald fleshly poet; aesthetically enchants the ladies. [Br. Lit.: Patience ]
  3. Butler, Theodosius thinks he is a wonderful person. [Br. Lit.: Sketches by Boz ]
  4. Collins, Mr. pompous, self-satisfied clergyman who proposes to Elizabeth Bennet. [Br. Lit.: Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice ]
  5. Dalgetty, Rittmaster Dugald self-aggrandizing, pedantic soldier-of-fortune. [Br. Lit.: Legend of Montrose ]
  6. Dedlock, Sir Leicester contemplates his own greatness. [Br. Lit.: Bleak House ]
  7. Dogberry and Verges ignorant and bloated constables. [Br. Lit.: Much Ado About Nothing ]
  8. Grosvenor, Archibald idyllic poet of no imperfections. [Br. Lit.: Patience ]
  9. Henry VIII inflated self-image parallels bloated body. [Br. Lit.: Henry VIII ]
  10. Homer, Little Jack pats his back with What a good boy am I! [Nurs. Rhyme: Mother Goose, 90]
  11. Keefe, Jack baseball pitcher is a chronic braggart and self-excuser suffering from an exaggerated sense of importance. [Am. Lit.: Lardner You Know Me Al in Magill III, 1159]
  12. Lewis self-important coxcomb full of hollow, ostentatious valor. [Br. Lit.: Henry V ]
  13. Malvolio Olivias grave, self-important steward; an affectioned ass. [Br. Lit.: Twelfth Night ]
  14. Montespan, Marquis de regards exile and wifes concubinage as honor. [Br. Opera: The Duchess of la Valliere, Brewer Hand-book, 721]
  15. narcissus flower of conceit. [Plant Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 170; Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 171172]
  16. nettle symbol of vanity and pride. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 176]
  17. Orion scorpion stung him to death for his boasting. [Rom. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 971]
  18. Prigio, Prince too clever prince; arrogance renders him unpopular. [Childrens Lit.: Prince Prigio ]
  19. Slurk, Mr. had a consciousness of immeasurable superiority over others. [Br. Lit.: Pickwick Papers ]
  20. Tappertit, Simon boasted he could subdue women with eyes. [Br. Lit.: Barnaby Rudge ]

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conceit, in literature, fanciful or unusual image in which apparently dissimilar things are shown to have a relationship. The Elizabethan poets were fond of Petrarchan conceits, which were conventional comparisons, imitated from the love songs of Petrarch, in which the beloved was compared to a flower, a garden, or the like. The device was also used by the metaphysical poets, who fashioned conceits that were witty, complex, intellectual, and often startling, e.g., John Donne's comparison of two souls with two bullets in "The Dissolution." Samuel Johnson disapproved of such strained metaphors, declaring that in the conceit "the most heterogeneous ideas are yoked by violence together." Such modern poets as Emily Dickinson and T. S. Eliot have used conceits.

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con·ceit / kənˈsēt/ • n. 1. excessive pride in oneself. 2. . a fanciful expression in writing or speech; an elaborate metaphor: the idea of the wind's singing is a prime romantic conceit. ∎  an artistic effect or device: the director's brilliant conceit was to film this tale in black and white. ∎  a fanciful notion: he is alarmed by the widespread conceit that he spent most of the 1980s drunk.

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conceit †conception, thought; personal opinion XIV; fanciful opinion, etc., fancy XV; for self-conceit XVII. f. CONCEIVE on the analogy of the pairs deceive, deceit, receive, receipt, which have French originals. The sense-development was infl. by It. concetto (cf. CONCEPT), which the Eng. word was prob. designed to represent.
Hence conceit vb. XVI. conceited XVI. f. vb. or sb.; see -ED 2.

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conceit. Agreeable fabrique in a garden, usually whimsical, such as a bridge not spanning anything but there purely for ornament.

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