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conceit (noun) vanity; having a high opinion of oneself; pride; a clever or fanciful expression comparing two dissimilar things.
A person having conceit is one who has a high opinion of their abilities and achievements. They are proud. They think that they are great and others are not as great as they. Their conceit is revealed in what they say and do. They have a feeling that they are important. A clever expression comparing two very different things, especially in poetry, is also a conceit. The comparison of a lover to a planet going round the Sun, compared to his beloved, is a conceit.
- When Benjamin was asked of his opinion about who would make the best captain of the team, he replied with conceit that none among the present players deserved to be one and that since his days as a captain, he hasn't seen anyone fit to fill his place.
- Great poetry appeals to the heart and not so much to the mind. So when poets use conceits, that is, fanciful ideas and clever expression like, for example, the beloved being the centre of a circle, and the lover, the pencil, held by the compass, and tracing the circle.