(redirected from conceit)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
References in classic literature ?
I do not, of course, speak of the conceit that displays itself in an elevated nose and a falsetto voice.
Now would a Delaware conceit himself far mightier than a Pawnee, just as a Pawnee boasts himself to be of the princes of the 'arth.
That, too, will I do; though the Lord he knows that I shall hold discourse with a horse, not with any vain conceit that my words will be understood, but only to satisfy the cravings of Indian superstition.
But of all there were none he liked so well as those of the famous Feliciano de Silva's composition, for their lucidity of style and complicated conceits were as pearls in his sight, particularly when in his reading he came upon courtships and cartels, where he often found passages like "the reason of the unreason with which my reason is afflicted so weakens my reason that with reason I murmur at your beauty;" or again, "the high heavens, that of your divinity divinely fortify you with the stars, render you deserving of the desert your greatness deserves.
The second, that it puzzleth and perplexeth the conceits of many, that perhaps would otherwise co-operate with him; and makes a man walk almost alone, to his own ends.
The book's conceit is that the resulting images resemble faces, revealing the personality of the river in its many moods.
In contrast, the opposite traits of conceit and arrogance were associated with more selfish behaviour.
This is a patently ridiculous conceit, the kind of fantasy writing that gives fantasy writing a bad name," the author of The Satanic Verses said in the article.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
Whether the particular narrative about motherhood has women conscripted into service by capitalism or feminism, what's missing is a coolheaded free market analysis, which would regard women as actors in an arena of choices, without the conceit of top-down management.
The conceit of Boys Briefs 4, a collection of gay short films about hustlers, sounds potentially cheesy.
Nevertheless, the underlying conceit is clever, and should attract readers who want more current folktale material.