ETYM Through French, from Latin conceptus a conceiving, conception, from concipere to conceive: cf. Old Fren. p. p. nom. conciez conceived. Related to Conceive, Concept, Deceit.
1. The trait of being vain and pompous; SYN. vanity.
2. A developed or elaborate metaphor.
ETYM Contr. from fantasy, Old Fren. fantasie, fantaisie, French fantaisie, Latin phantasia, from Greek to make visible, to place before one's mind, from phainein to show.
Fancy was held by Coleridge to be more casual and superficial than imagination.
ETYM Old Eng. imaginacionum, French imagination, from Latin imaginatio. Related to Imagine.
1. The ability to form mental images of things or events; SYN. imaging, imagery, mental imagery.
2. The power of imagination; SYN. imaginativeness, vision.