One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Polly's eyes widened at his extraordinary conceit’
vanity, narcissism, conceitedness, self-love, self-admiration, self-adulation, self-regard, egotism, egoism, egocentricity, egomania
pride, arrogance, hubris, boastfulness, cockiness, self-importance, immodesty
self-satisfaction, smugness, complacency
informal big-headedness, swollen-headedness, uppishness, uppitiness
2‘the conceits of Shakespeare's early verse’
image, imagery, figurative expression, metaphor, simile, trope, figure of speech
play on words, pun, quip, witticism
3‘the conceit of time travel’
idea, notion, fancy
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