conceit conceit  /kən ˈsit/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) feelings of excessive pride
  2. (n) an elaborate poetic image or a far-fetched comparison of very dissimilar things
  3. (n) a witty or ingenious turn of phrase
  4. (n) an artistic device or effect
  5. (n) the trait of being unduly vain and conceited; false pride

Usage(s):

  1. Then again, when the conceit works, you may wind up with Its a Wonderful Life, Defending Your Life or the various iterations of Heaven Can Wait.
  2. STK has more than a conceit.
  3. Neil Strauss uses a survival manual conceit to track his own transformation from skill-less writer into Capable Real Man.

News

  1. Film Review: Before Midnight

    Alongside “biopsy,” “trilogy” might be my least favorite word. Don't get me wrong, the three Lord Of The Rings movies were an impressive cinematic achievement, the Bourne triptych was consistently topnotch and Krzysztof Kieslowski's Three Colours is near perfect in execution. But, as a silver screen conceit, most trilogies test my patience and inevitably disappoint along the way. Not so for the ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Detroit Metro Times

  2. Review: ABC Family's 'Twisted' might be a killer teen drama

    The dreamy young guy with a troubled past makes for a promising setup in a new show debuting right after 'Pretty Little Liars.' So many shows begin with the death of a young person that it seems only fair one should turn the conceit on its head. "Twisted," which premieres Tuesday on ABC Family, attempts to discover what might happen if a young man who murdered his aunt returns to his idyllic ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times

  3. 'This Is the End': Seth Rogen brings about star-studded apocalypse

    Seth Rogen and his co-director / co-writer Evan Goldberg have worried the film's conceit could be more disaster than comedy but say they've hit their stride. NEW ORLEANS — The music is blaring inside James Franco's house and there's booze — and drugs — everywhere. Actor Michael Cera is snorting lines of cocaine, while comedian Aziz Ansari is trying (and failing) to hook up with Rihanna. Dozens ...
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times

Quotes

  1. "There is jealousy that runs rampant in this business," Lang said. "They mix up his confidence with conceit. He's one of the sharpest people I have ever met."
    on Nov 25, 2007 By: Brandon Lang Source: Forbes

  2. Price became "almost an alter ego of Poe himself," Corman says. "I think there was almost a semi-autobiographical conceit to these stories. (The heroes) weren't always Poe himself, but I think they were expressions of some aspects of his...
    on Jan 21, 2009 By: Roger Corman Source: Shanghai Daily

  3. "The conceit that corporations must be treated identically to natural persons in the politicalsphere is not only inaccurate but also inadequate to justify the Court's disposition of this case," Stevens wrote. "The Court's ruling threatens to...
    on Jan 21, 2010 By: John Paul Stevens Source: National Journal (blog)

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