Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An overweening opinion of one's self; vanity.
  • noun Synonyms Pride, Vanity, etc. See egotism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Conceit of one's self; an overweening opinion of one's powers or endowments.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Conceit of one's self; an overweening opinion of one's powers or endowments; vanity.

Etymologies

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self- +‎ conceit

Examples

  • His oily, insinuating tones, his greasy smile and his monstrous self-conceit grated on my nerves till sometimes I was all in a tremble.

    Chapter 6

  • The effect of the self-conceit can only be to unite the society in hostility against us.

    David Bromwich: The Afghanistan Parenthesis [UPDATED]

  • Our stories, our lives, are the only thing we truly own all to ourselves – these are the things we know, clouded by self-deceit or self-conceit as they may be, they are still rightfully ours.

    Narcissus and Me | Her Bad Mother

  • Her moral, cultural, and intellectual framework does not require her to question a doctrine that renders her prejudices and self-conceit impervious to reason.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • However, Harry, bating a little self-conceit and assumption, thou art as honest a fellow as ever man put faith in-clever, too, in your own style, though not quite the genius you would fain pass for. —

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • But against this untimely weakness Lady Penelope was guarded, by the strong shield of self-conceit.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • Upon hearing this frank declaration, which was made as they left the apartment with the wounded man, Lord Menteith darted upon Dalgetty a look of extreme anger and disdain, to which the self-conceit of the worthy commander rendered him totally insensible.

    A Legend of Montrose

  • But though the embroidery of his conversation was different, the groundwork was the same, and the high-flown and ornate compliments with which the gallant knight of the sixteenth century inter-larded his conversation, were as much the offspring of egotism and self-conceit, as the jargon of the coxcombs of our own days.

    The Monastery

  • Blachevelle smiled with the voluptuous self-conceit of a man who is tickled in his self-love.

    Les Miserables

  • To give it, at the same time, a degree of novelty and consequence, Lady Penelope Penfeather had long since suggested to Mr. Mowbray, that the more gifted and accomplished part of the guests might contribute to furnish out entertainment for the rest, by acting a few scenes of some popular drama; an accomplishment in which her self-conceit assured her that she was peculiarly qualified to excel.

    Saint Ronan's Well

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