Figure Name conceit
Source Silva Rhetoricae (; De Mille (1882)
Earliest Source None
Etymology None
Type Trope
Linguistic Domain Semantic

1. An extended metaphor. Popular during the Renaissance and typical of John Donne or John Milton. Unlike allegory, which tends to have one-to-one correspondences, a conceit typically takes one subject and explores the metaphoric possibilities in the qualities associated with that subject. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. 1st. Conceit.
This word formerly meant "concept," that is, a "conception," and implied a sentiment, a striking thought. (De Mille)

2. At present it is used to signify sentiments that are strained or far-fetched, especially when presented in the form of figures. (De Mille)


1. Robert Herrick's "The Vine". (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. Thus Pope:
"Some to conceit alone their works confine,
And glittering thoughts struck out at every line." (De Mille)

Kind Of Similarity
Part Of
Related Figures metaphor, simile, allegory
Confidence Unconfident
Last Editor Samantha Price
Confidence Unconfident
Editorial Notes
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