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“Today I respect structure, the antithesis of conceit,” he announces in “Midsummer.”
Because of his arrogance and conceit, Paracelsus was not well liked by other physicians.
This conviction was strengthened by his vanity and conceit, a conceit to the point of fatuity.
Of course things will never be perfect, and it is a utopian conceit that they ever could be.
With brutal treachery, they will act without restraint, bigoted and blinded by clouds of conceit.
With the advent of Romanticism the conceit fell into disfavour along with other poetic artifices.
From the very first episode, The Witcher lays out its conceit, its diversion from Tolkien – that morality isn’t absolute.
As a physical entity, the Islamic State’s conceit was probably never sustainable, at least at the pace and scope it attempted.
Perlstein, who has a propensity to view politics through the lens of psychology, organized this sprawling narrative under a single conceit.
The central conceit was that Theroux, an innocent abroad, would spend time in a community that was considered fringe, and tell us their stories.
In sonnet number 130, William Shakespeare responded to the conventions of the Petrarchan conceit by negating them, particularly in the sonnet’s opening lines:
“The witch’s whole conceit for getting the children trapped is so elaborate it’s funny: you build a house made of sweets, then lure them to it, then promise them soft beds and warm baths.
In Whitney’s view, the standard progression in math education—algebra, geometry, trig, pre-calculus, calculus—is random and baseless, a linear conceit that creates a false sense of increasing difficulty.
When the group started touring, they sought to frame a rationale for Cinematic Titanic’s efforts, something to parallel MST3K’s conceit that scientists were studying the effect of bad movies on Joel’s brain.
During a speech in parliament, Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said the EU had turned into an “ineffective, horizonless and shallow” structure and become a “slave to the conceit” of Greece and Cyprus.
The difficulty with (6*)–(8*), I think, is that (8*) does not stipulate what it is about yourself that you are required to value, so that this could be my sheer particularity (self-conceit), or if I am not in fact human, my non-human nature (Satan).
Predictably, Hopkins has been furiously damning the play from the moment the title was announced, which is proof of this musical’s central conceit that in a world of empathy deficit and apathy it’s only the sensational stories that can be heard above all the noise, true or not.
Feig and his co-writer Katie Dippold decided not to go down the sequel route that had been touted for a while, partly because Harold Ramis had died and Bill Murray had turned it down several times, but also because Feig was concerned about the conceit of them falling on hard times.
One of the wild suggestions referred to, as at last coming to be linked with the White Whale in the minds of the superstitiously inclined, was the unearthly conceit that Moby Dick was ubiquitous; that he had actually been encountered in opposite latitudes at one and the same instant of time.
- feelings of excessive pride
- an elaborate poetic image or a far-fetched comparison of very dissimilar things
- a witty or ingenious turn of phrase
Example: he could always come up with some inspired off-the-wall conceit
- an artistic device or effect
Example: the architect's brilliant conceit was to build the house around the tree
- the trait of being unduly vain and conceited; false pride
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