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a high or inordinate opinion of one's own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc.
the state or feeling of being proud.
a becoming or dignified sense of what is due to oneself or one's position or character; self-respect; self-esteem.
pleasure or satisfaction taken in something done by or belonging to oneself or believed to reflect credit upon oneself: civic pride.
something that causes a person or persons to be proud: His art collection was the pride of the family.
the best of a group, class, society, etc.: This bull is the pride of the herd.
the most flourishing state or period: in the pride of adulthood.
mettle in a horse.
Literary. splendor, magnificence, or pomp.
a group of lions.
sexual desire, especially in a female animal.
ornament or adornment.
verb (used with object), prided, priding.
to indulge or plume (oneself) in a feeling of pride (usually followed by on or upon ): She prides herself on her tennis.
pride and joy, someone or something cherished, valued, or enjoyed above all others: Their new grandchild is their pride and joy.

before 1000; Middle English (noun); Old English prȳde (cognate with Old Norse prȳthi bravery, pomp), derivative of prūd proud

prideful, adjective
pridefully, adverb
pridefulness, noun
prideless, adjective
pridelessly, adverb
unprideful, adjective
unpridefully, adverb

1. Pride, conceit, self-esteem, egotism, vanity, vainglory imply an unduly favorable idea of one's own appearance, advantages, achievements, etc., and often apply to offensive characteristics. Pride is a lofty and often arrogant assumption of superiority in some respect: Pride must have a fall. Conceit implies an exaggerated estimate of one's own abilities or attainments, together with pride: blinded by conceit. Self-esteem may imply an estimate of oneself that is higher than that held by others: a ridiculous self-esteem. Egotism implies an excessive preoccupation with oneself or with one's own concerns, usually but not always accompanied by pride or conceit: His egotism blinded him to others' difficulties. Vanity implies self-admiration and an excessive desire to be admired by others: His vanity was easily flattered. Vainglory somewhat literary, implies an inordinate and therefore empty or unjustified pride: puffed up by vainglory. 5. boast.

1. humility. Unabridged
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pride (praɪd)
1.  a feeling of honour and self-respect; a sense of personal worth
2.  excessive self-esteem; conceit
3.  a source of pride
4.  satisfaction or pleasure taken in one's own or another's success, achievements, etc (esp in the phrase take (a) pride in)
5.  the better or most superior part of something; flower
6.  the most flourishing time
7.  a group (of lions)
8.  the mettle of a horse; courage; spirit
9.  archaic sexual desire, esp in a female animal
10.  archaic display, pomp, or splendour
11.  pride of place the most important position
12.  (tr; foll by on or upon) to take pride in (oneself) for
13.  (intr) to glory or revel (in)
[Old English prӯda; related to Latin prodesse to be useful, Old Norse prūthr stately; see proud]

Pride (praɪd)
Thomas. died 1658, English soldier on the Parliamentary side during the Civil War. He expelled members of the Long Parliament hostile to the army (Pride's Purge, 1648) and signed Charles I's death warrant

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Word Origin & History

O.E. pryto, from prud (see proud). First applied to groups of lions 1486, but not commonly so used until c.1930. The verb in the reflexive sense "congratulate oneself" is recorded from 1275.
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