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Topic: LITERATURE

Date: 1600-1700
Origin: conceit 'thought, opinion' (14-19 centuries), from conceive, on the model of deceive, deceit

conceit

noun
     
con‧ceit
1 [uncountable] an attitude that shows you have too high an opinion of your own abilities or importance [= conceitedness]:
The conceit of the woman!
2 [countable]AL technical an unusual way of showing or describing something in a play, film, work of art etc:
His sermons were full of puns and conceits.
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