- 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.
- 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.
Origin of pride
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- Thomas,died 1658, English soldier and regicide.
Examples from the Web for pride
And when we had Pride, we put up signs and some people would take them down.
To many of us, that smacks of censorship, the highest offense to our pride in self-publicity.On Torture, Chuck Johnson & Sondheim
December 13, 2014
So I was happy to see that the European theory of terroir was in action, promoting with pride the qualities of a specific region.Beer Countries vs. Wine Countries
December 7, 2014
They may not receive public acclaim, but their pride in their work is as intense as their labors.Damien Hirst’s Army of Geppettos
December 2, 2014
The pride and admiration Vial has for the artists who put on Cirque du Soleil is evident.A Backstage Love Affair With Cirque du Soleil
December 1, 2014
Exactly in the measure that he indulged this would his pride smart.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Kiss me, my brother, and let my tears run only from my pride and joy!
But pride in things wrought is no reflex of a completed task.
With her it was a matter of pride in having been a faithful steward.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
Dearest Madam, forgive me: it was always my pride and my pleasure to obey you.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
- a feeling of honour and self-respect; a sense of personal worth
- excessive self-esteem; conceit
- a source of pride
- satisfaction or pleasure taken in one's own or another's success, achievements, etc (esp in the phrase take (a) pride in)
- the better or most superior part of something; flower
- the most flourishing time
- a group (of lions)
- the mettle of a horse; courage; spirit
- archaic sexual desire, esp in a female animal
- archaic display, pomp, or splendour
- pride of place the most important position
- (tr; foll by on or upon) to take pride in (oneself) for
- (intr) to glory or revel (in)
- 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
Word Origin and History for pride
late Old English pryto, Kentish prede, Mercian pride "pride, haughtiness, pomp," from prud (see proud). There is debate whether Scandinavian cognates (Old Norse pryði, Old Swedish prydhe , Danish pryd, etc.) are borrowed from Old French (from Germanic) or from Old English. Meaning "that which makes a person or people most proud" is from c.1300. First applied to groups of lions late 15c., but not commonly so used until c.1930. Paired with prejudice from 1610s.
mid-12c. in the reflexive sense "congratulate (oneself), be proud," c.1200 as "be arrogant, act haughtily," from pride (n.). Related: Prided; priding.