Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In rhetoric, the expression of general or vague notions; a style of writing in which more may be meant than is directly expressed; ambiguousness through double meaning. See extract.
“But he himself adopted a hardly less disagreeable style, called conceptism, which is supposed to have been invented by”
“Luis de Góngora (1561-1627) — and conceptism — a style characterized by ingenious and precious conceits, of which Francisco Quevedo (1580-1645) and Balta - sar Gracián (1601-58) were the main represent - atives — presented parallel phenomena which had but to be christened “baroque.””
“A regular code of the principles of conceptism was prepared by the Jesuit Gracian (1601-58) in his "Agudeza y arte de ingenio" (1648); other notable writings of his are the "Héroe" and the "Criticón".”
“On the other hand he practised conceptism, another regrettable excess resulting from overmuch playing with concepts or philosophical ideas.”
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