- 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 prideful
His harshest words of criticism were aimed at those who were prideful.June, The Month When Pride Isn’t a Sin
June 22, 2014
An early Zionist leader, prideful, pugnacious, Ussishkin headed the Jewish National Fund for nearly 20 years.Yeshayahu Leibowitz Is Not The Name Of A Street
April 18, 2013
Instead, it is prideful ignorance—an eagerness to go off the fiscal cliff to show the world that gravity does not exist.GOP’s Debt Kamikazes
July 15, 2011
One of the central reasons entrepreneurial capitalism works well is that humans are a prideful species.Let Them Say F--k
August 1, 2010
Cab drivers hailed him as a likely fare, to his prideful content.Sixes and Sevens
"And there ain't another like it in the whole world," went on the prideful Hodges.The Dorrance Domain
Miss Hawes took his arm, with a soft, prideful sigh, and they moved off.The Sheriff of Badger
George B. Pattullo
"You can revile me as much as you like now, Nan," he said, with prideful humility.The Quickening
At the moment the roads seemed quite deserted, and their little roadster hummed along with all its prideful speed and importance.The Mystery of Jockey Hollow
- 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 prideful
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.
Idioms and Phrases with prideful
In addition to the idioms beginning with pride
- pride and joy
- pride of place
- pride oneself on
- burst with (pride)
- swallow one's pride