pride·​ful | \ ˈprīd-fəl How to pronounce prideful (audio) \

Definition of prideful

: full of pride: such as

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pridefully \ ˈprīd-​fə-​lē How to pronounce pridefully (audio) \ adverb
pridefulness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for prideful


disdainful, haughty, highfalutin (also hifalutin), lofty, lordly, proud, superior


humble, lowly, modest

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Examples of prideful in a Sentence

prideful intellectuals long considered rock music unworthy of serious study at the wedding the prideful snobs ignored their poor relations

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For the first hour of their match against rival Honduras, which had already been mathematically eliminated from reaching the knockout stage, the Salvadoran cheering continued, as if their prideful playlist had been put on repeat. Jack Harris,, "Honduras romps over rival El Salvador in Gold Cup group finale," 25 June 2019 There’s a lot of history here, tradition and prideful players. Rusty Simmons,, "Raptors fans take over Oracle Arena after victory puts Warriors in 3-1 hole," 7 June 2019 With its adept steering, short turning radius, maneuverability, and spirited feel, the CX-9 has a prideful persona. James Raia, Houston Chronicle, "Mazda CX-9: Family hauler is versatile, well-equipped, has plenty of overall appeal," 8 June 2019 Lenù's opportunity to go to continue to middle school sets her parents—prideful, stern Vittorio and venomous, impatient Immacolata—against each other in one of many screaming matches over their daughter's future, behavior, and comportment. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "In My Brilliant Friend, Education Offers a Dangerous Escape from Poverty," 20 Nov. 2018 The guidelines seem designed to protect a player like Gardner, who has forged an 11-year career as a hard-nosed outfielder with few qualms about throwing his body around and is prideful enough to try to insist on playing through injuries. New York Times, "A Hard Collision, but No Concussion Check, for Yankees’ Brett Gardner," 27 June 2018 Parker was the most prideful man ever to set his ego aside, over and over and over again, and willingly play third fiddle. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "Parker’s pride drove Spurs until the end," 6 July 2018 This particular paper brought down petty crooks and prideful barons and, most recently, a chancellor. Chris Erskine,, "As we pack up, a bittersweet ode to a workplace that was my second home," 29 June 2018 There's no doubt that two players as prideful as Lillard and McCollum will try to come out firing to make up for their poor performance in Game 1. William Guillory,, "7 keys to victory for Pelicans in Game 2 vs. Portland," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of prideful

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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