[ prahyd ]
/ praɪd /
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), 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.
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.
pride·ful, adjectivepride·ful·ly, adverbpride·ful·ness, nounpride·less, adjective
pride·less·ly, adverbun·pride·ful, adjectiveun·pride·ful·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for pridefulness (1 of 2)
/ (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
British Dictionary definitions for pridefulness (2 of 2)
/ (praɪd) /
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)
Derived Formsprideful, adjectivepridefully, adverb
Word Origin for pride
Old English prӯda; related to Latin prodesse to be useful, Old Norse prūthr stately; see proud
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Idioms and Phrases with pridefulness
In addition to the idioms beginning with pride
- pride and joy
- pride of place
- pride oneself on
- burst with (pride)
- swallow one's pride
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