pride

[prahyd]
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noun

verb (used with object), prid·ed, prid·ing.

to indulge or plume (oneself) in a feeling of pride (usually followed by on or upon): She prides herself on her tennis.

Nearby words

  1. prickly pear,
  2. prickly poppy,
  3. prickspur,
  4. pricky,
  5. pricy,
  6. pride and joy,
  7. pride and prejudice,
  8. pride goeth before a fall,
  9. pride of china,
  10. pride of place

Idioms

    pride and joy, someone or something cherished, valued, or enjoyed above all others: Their new grandchild is their pride and joy.

Origin of pride

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

SYNONYMS FOR pride
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.

Related forms

Pride

[prahyd]

noun

Thomas,died 1658, English soldier and regicide.
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British Dictionary definitions for pride

pride

noun

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

verb

(tr; foll by on or upon) to take pride in (oneself) for
(intr) to glory or revel (in)
Derived Formsprideful, adjectivepridefully, adverb

Word Origin for pride

Old English prӯda; related to Latin prodesse to be useful, Old Norse prūthr stately; see proud

Pride

noun

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 and History for pride
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with pride

pride

In addition to the idioms beginning with pride

  • pride and joy
  • pride of place
  • pride oneself on

also see:

  • burst with (pride)
  • swallow one's pride
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