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conceit -- as in: confident, but not conceited
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  • Her conceit will be her downfall.
  • Even misfortune didn’t diminish her conceit.
  • She is guilty of vanity, pride and conceit.
  • They complained that he was conceited; and, since he excelled only in matters which to them were unimportant, they asked satirically what he had to be conceited about.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage

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  • You are getting to be rather conceited, my dear, and it is quite time you set about correcting it.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • There is one vice of which no man in the world is free; which every one in the world loathes when he sees it in someone else; and of which hardly any people, except Christians, ever imagine that they are guilty themselves. I have heard people admit that they are bad-tempered, or that they cannot keep their heads about girls or drink, or even that they are cowards. I do not think I have ever heard anyone who was not a Christian accuse himself of this vice. And at the same time I have very seldom met anyone, who was not a Christian, who showed the slightest mercy to it in others. There is no fault which makes a man more unpopular, and no fault which we are more unconscious of in ourselves. And the more we have it ourselves, the more we dislike it in others. The vice I am talking of is Pride or Self-Conceit: and the virtue opposite to it, in Christian morals, is called Humility.
    C.S. Lewis  --  Mere Christianity
  • I know you think me a shocking, conceited, frivolous girl; but then, you know, I don’t attribute it ALL to my personal attractions: I give some praise to the hairdresser, and some to my exquisitely lovely dress...
    Anne Bronte  --  Agnes Grey
  • Love is never boastful or conceited.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • But he was in no danger of feeling conceited for he didn’t think about it at all now that he was face to face with Aslan.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Magician’s Nephew
  • ...the reason she thought he was conceited was because he happened to mention to her that he was captain of the debating team.
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye

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  • I gave him biscuits, while Vixen, who is a most conceited little dog, told him fibs about the scores of horses that she and I kept.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • You’re still a conceited little brat!
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse
  • As he was, like many squirrels, full of courage and dash and energy and excitement and mischief (not to say conceit),
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • I wouldn’t mind him if he wasn’t so conceited and...
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • There was nothing conceited or braggartly about him.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Sun Also Rises
  • And Jill was thinking, "He’s the silliest, most conceited, selfish pig I’ve met for a long time."
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • I disliked their laughter and their tears, their flattery and envy, conceit and deceit.
    Jean Rhys  --  Wide Sargasso Sea
  • And George, it’s a fact— ever since you’ve been elected Captain, you’ve got awful stuck up and conceited, and all the girls say so.
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • Willoughby was rare—his preference to remain behind the scenes implied the absence of vast personal conceit, a trait essential for two-penny despots.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • His face goes blank, and he looks down at Helene without conceit or triumph.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • He was a good man, and there was no conceit in him.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • But when I saw her for the first time I realized there could be no such conceit for us, no easy persuasion.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • The veil may have hidden the queen’s conceit, but the smug grins on her two attendants could not be mistaken.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • I saw myself—a monument to my own conceit.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Conceited, Buttercup thought.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • It would seem conceited to look back.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Bridge to Terabithia
  • Last month, rolling up the supposedly dusty rug in the little boys’ room, he had paused to ask, "Did you ever think how conceited those Oriental rug weavers are, to believe they have to try and make a mistake so as not to compete with God?
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • It’s not out of arrogance or conceit; it’s out of respect.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • God, if she only knew what manner of sugarplums danced in my head when she gave tongue to such delicious conceits.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • The most grotesque and fantastic conceits haunted him in his bed at night.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • The meek may inherit the earth, but at the moment it belongs to the conceited.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • Mr. Fix evidently was not wanting in a tinge of self-conceit.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • It will attract attention—but only to the immense audacity of Mr. Roark’s conceit.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • What conceit! I was his instrument, his animal.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • The pride, the conceit of these doormat women amazed him.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Others, the majority, disliked him and considered him conceited, cold, and disagreeable.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The last reflection may seem conceited; it was not.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Aarfy chuckled again with conceited amusement.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • "Good!" said Mr. Pumblechook conceitedly.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • "No, it is not selfishness or conceit," said he, answering, as was his wont, my thoughts rather than my words.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • And thus we left the wretch pleased with the conceit of our admiring his magnificence, which rather merited our scorn and detestation.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • The glimmer of this luminary suggested the above conceits to Mr. Dimmesdale, who smiled—nay, almost laughed at them—and then wondered if he was going mad.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • They’re dismissed as conceited and shallow.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • So high and so conceited that there was no enduring him!
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • A fine blow to my conceit.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • Whatever Zaphod’s qualities of mind might include—dash, bravado, conceit— he was mechanically inept and could easily blow the ship up with an extravagant gesture.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • And didst contract and purse thy brow together, As if thou then hadst shut up in thy brain Some horrible conceit: if thou dost love me, Show me thy thought.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • His good looks and popularity had made him so inordinately conceited that they blinded him to that possibility.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • This apparent conceit, Mortati knew, had nothing to do with self-centered ambition.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
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