Conceit (See also Arrogance, Boastfulness, Egotism.) Allusions, Definition, Citation, Reference, Information - Allusion to Conceit (See also Arrogance, Boastfulness, Egotism.)


  1. Ajax (the lesser) boastful and insolent; drowns due to vanity. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 14]
  2. Bunthorne, Reginald fleshly poet; “aesthetically” enchants the ladies. [Br. Lit.: Patience]
  3. Butler, Theodosius thinks he is a wonderful person. [Br. Lit.: Sketches by Boz]
  4. Collins, Mr. pompous, self-satisfied clergyman who proposes to Elizabeth Bennet. [Br. Lit.: Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice]
  5. Dalgetty, Rittmaster Dugald self-aggrandizing, pedantic soldier-of-fortune. [Br. Lit.: Legend of Montrose]
  6. Dedlock, Sir Leicester contemplates his own greatness. [Br. Lit.: Bleak House]
  7. Dogberry and Verges ignorant and bloated constables. [Br. Lit.: Much Ado About Nothing]
  8. Grosvenor, Archibald idyllic poet of no imperfections. [Br. Lit.: Patience]
  9. Henry VIII inflated self-image parallels bloated body. [Br. Lit.: Henry VIII]
  10. Homer, Little Jack pats his back with “What a good boy am I!” [Nurs. Rhyme: Mother Goose, 90]
  11. Keefe, Jack baseball pitcher is a chronic braggart and self-excuser suffering from an exaggerated sense of importance. [Am. Lit.: Lardner You Know Me Al in Magill III, 1159]
  12. Lewis self-important coxcomb full of hollow, ostentatious valor. [Br. Lit.: Henry V]
  13. Malvolio Olivia’s grave, self-important steward; “an affectioned ass.” [Br. Lit.: Twelfth Night]
  14. Montespan, Marquis de regards exile and wife’s concubinage as honor. [Br. Opera: The Duchess of la Valliere, Brewer Hand-book, 721]
  15. narcissus flower of conceit. [Plant Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 170; Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 171–172]
  16. nettle symbol of vanity and pride. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 176]
  17. Orion scorpion stung him to death for his boasting. [Rom. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 971]
  18. Prigio, Prince too clever prince; arrogance renders him unpopular. [Children’s Lit.: Prince Prigio]
  19. Slurk, Mr. had a “consciousness of immeasurable superiority” over others. [Br. Lit.: Pickwick Papers]
  20. Tappertit, Simon boasted he could subdue women with eyes. [Br. Lit.: Barnaby Rudge]