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pride

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noun \ˈprīd\

Definition of pride

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being proud: such asa :  inordinate self-esteem :  conceitb :  a reasonable or justifiable self-respectc :  delight or elation arising from some act, possession, or relationship parental pride

  2. 2 :  proud or disdainful behavior or treatment :  disdain

  3. 3a :  ostentatious displayb :  highest pitch :  prime

  4. 4 :  a source of pride :  the best in a group or class

  5. 5 :  a company of lions

  6. 6 :  a showy or impressive group a pride of dancers

Examples of pride in a Sentence

  1. Being able to work again gave him his pride back.

  2. Getting caught cheating stripped him of his pride.

  3. Pride would not allow her to give up.

  4. It's a matter of pride that he does the work all by himself.

  5. The novel is about a family consumed with pride and vanity.

  6. They needed help, but their pride wouldn't let them ask for it.

  7. I had to swallow my pride and admit I made a mistake.

  8. He showed a great pride in his family.

  9. These young people are the pride of their community.

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vanity vs. pride

People often turn to the dictionary in search of the minute and subtle differences between two similar words. The closely related duo of vanity and pride, which overlap significantly in some respects yet differ in others, offer one such example. Putting aside such uses as pride referring to “a company of lions” and vanity meaning “a dressing table,” each of these words may refer to a state of excessive self-esteem. However, pride may also signify a feeling of satisfaction or happiness (either in oneself or on behalf of others) based on something that is well done; vanity is unlikely to be used in this manner. For a well-worded explanation of this distinction, we might look to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, in which the character Mary opines: “Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.”

Origin and Etymology of pride

Middle English, from Old English prȳde, from prūd proud — more at proud


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pride

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Definition of pride

prided

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priding

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to indulge (oneself) in pride —now usually used in the phrase pride oneself on to describe taking pride in some ability, quality, etc. She was a girl who prided herself on her carefully blasé and supercilious attitude towards life. — P. G. Wodehouse

Examples of pride in a Sentence

  1. he prides himself on the quality of his writing

Recent Examples of pride from the Web

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First Known Use of pride

13th century


Pride

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biographical name \ˈprīd\

Definition of Pride

  1. Thomas died 1658 English Parliamentarian commander



PRIDE Defined for English Language Learners

pride

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noun

Definition of pride for English Language Learners

  • : a feeling that you respect yourself and deserve to be respected by other people

  • : a feeling that you are more important or better than other people

  • : a feeling of happiness that you get when you or someone you know does something good, difficult, etc.


PRIDE Defined for Kids

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pride

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noun \ˈprīd\

Definition of pride for Students

  1. 1 :  a reasonable and justifiable feeling of being worthwhile :  self-respect

  2. 2 :  a feeling of being better than others

  3. 3 :  a sense of pleasure that comes from some act or possession Parents take pride in their children's progress.

  4. 4 :  someone or something that makes someone proud That car is my pride and joy.


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pride

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Definition of pride for Students

prided

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priding

  1. :  to feel self-esteem I pride myself on my accurate spelling.



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