Conceit vs Selfishness - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between conceit and selfishness
is that conceit
is (obsolete) something conceived in the mind; an idea, a thought while selfishness
is the quality of being selfish, the condition of putting one's own interests before those of others.
As a verb conceit
is (obsolete) to form an idea; to think.
(obsolete) Something conceived in the mind; an idea, a thought.
* Francis Bacon
* Bible, Proverbs xxvi. 12
- In laughing, there ever procedeth a conceit of somewhat ridiculous.
The faculty of conceiving ideas; mental faculty; apprehension.
- a man wise in his own conceit
* Sir Philip Sidney
- a man of quick conceit
Quickness of apprehension; active imagination; lively fancy.
- How often, alas! did her eyes say unto me that they loved! and yet I, not looking for such a matter, had not my conceit open to understand them.
(obsolete) Opinion, (neutral) judgment.
* 1499 , (John Skelton), The Bowge of Courte :
- His wit's as thick as Tewksbury mustard; there is no more conceit in him than is in a mallet.
(countable) A novel or fanciful idea; a whim.
- By him that me boughte, than quod Dysdayne, / I wonder sore he is in suche cenceyte .
* Alexander Pope
- On his way to the gibbet, a freak took him in the head to go off with a conceit .
- Some to conceit alone their works confine, / And glittering thoughts struck out at every line.
(countable, rhetoric, literature) An ingenious expression or metaphorical idea, especially in extended form or used as a literary or rhetorical device.
(uncountable) Overly high self-esteem; vain pride; hubris.
- Tasso is full of conceits which are not only below the dignity of heroic verse but contrary to its nature.
- Plumed with conceit he calls aloud.
(obsolete) To form an idea; to think.
* 1643 : ,
The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce
(obsolete) To conceive.
- Those whose vulgar apprehensions conceit but low of matrimonial purposes.
- The strong, by conceiting themselves weak, are therebly rendered as inactive as if they really were so.
- One of two bad ways you must conceit me, / Either a coward or a flatterer.
the quality of being selfish, the condition of putting one's own interests before those of others