Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


His conceptions also are sometimes absurd; for instance, the Address to Light.

First, therefore, we must define the nature of these conceptions themselves.

And he extends this relativity to the conceptions of just and good, as well as to great and small.

The two conceptions of Christianity differed, it has been said, only in their emphasis.

Philosophy and Morals (conceptions, precepts, actual practice).

No petty cares nor calculations mar the conceptions of his fancy.

Babalatchi remained behind, alone with the greatness of his conceptions.

Nobody of those he knew had ever cared to point out to him the errors of his conceptions.

To these primitive conceptions others no doubt should be added.

Cassy was as indifferent to other people's conceptions of decorum as he was himself.


early 14c., "act of conceiving," from Old French concepcion (Modern French conception) "conception, grasp, comprehension," from Latin conceptionem (nominative conceptio) "a comprehending, conception," noun of action from stem of concipere (see conceive). Originally in the womb sense (also with reference to Conception Day in the Church calendar); mental sense "process of forming concepts" is late 14c. Meaning "that which is conceived in the mind" is from 1520s; "general notion" is from 1785.