- 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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Examples from the Web for prided
New York Fashion Week attracted crowds who prided themselves on their knowledge of the latest and greatest in high fashion.A Home Depot Marriage Proposal, Joking Bad & More Viral Videos
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I prided myself on having a mouth like a sailor, imagined myself unshockable.Rapists Don't Deserve Our Sympathy
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Nora prided herself in knowing how to do things, where to get them, what was good and in what way it was good.Remembering Nora Ephron as Our Dorothy Parker, but More
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The part of his dress on which he most prided himself was a pair of sandals, that had been his father's.Tanglewood Tales
He prided himself on being able to speak the broadest of the dialect.Heather and Snow
Michaud and Grivet prided themselves on their correct attitude.Therese Raquin
He prided himself on keeping his word; for that reason he was warier of using it.Stories of a Western Town
Prided himself on it, you understand, like a boy does on his first long pants.Cape Cod Stories
Joseph C. Lincoln
- 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
- 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)
Word Origin and History for prided
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.