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From Middle English pride, from Old English prȳde, prȳte (pride) (compare Old Norse prýði (bravery, pomp)), derivative of Old English prūd (proud). More at proud.



pride (countable and uncountable, plural prides)

  1. The quality or state of being proud; inordinate self-esteem; an unreasonable conceit of one's own superiority in talents, beauty, wealth, rank etc., which manifests itself in lofty airs, distance, reserve and often contempt of others.
  2. (often with of or in) A sense of one's own worth, and abhorrence of what is beneath or unworthy of one; lofty self-respect; noble self-esteem; elevation of character; dignified bearing; proud delight; -- in a good sense.
    He took pride in his work.
    He had pride of ownership in his department.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Macaulay
      A people which takes no pride in the noble achievements of remote ancestors will never achieve anything worthy to be remembered with pride by remote descendants.
    • (Can we date this quote?) William Blake
      The pride of the peacock is the glory of God.
  3. Proud or disdainful behavior or treatment; insolence or arrogance of demeanor; haughty bearing and conduct; insolent exultation; disdain; hubris.
    • (Can we date this quote?) G. K. Chesterton, Introduction to Aesop's Fables
      Pride goeth before the fall.
  4. That of which one is proud; that which excites boasting or self-gratulation; the occasion or ground of self-esteem, or of arrogant and presumptuous confidence, as beauty, ornament, noble character, children etc.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Spenser
      lofty trees yclad with summer's pride
    • (Can we date this quote?) Bible, Zech. ix. 6
      I will cut off the pride of the Philistines.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Goldsmith
      a bold peasantry, their country's pride
  5. (zoology) The small European lamprey species Petromyzon branchialis.
  6. Show; ostentation; glory.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Shakespeare
      Pride, pomp, and circumstance of glorious war.
  7. Highest pitch; elevation reached; loftiness; prime; glory,
    • to be in the pride of one's life.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Shakespeare
      a falcon, towering in her pride of place
  8. Consciousness of power; fullness of animal spirits; mettle; wantonness.
  9. Lust; sexual desire; especially, excitement of sexual appetite in a female beast.
  10. (zoology, collective) A company of lions.


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pride (third-person singular simple present prides, present participle priding, simple past and past participle prided)

  1. (reflexive) To take or experience pride in something, be proud of it.
    I pride myself on being a good judge of character, but pride goes before the fall and I'm not a good judge of my own character so I'm often wrong without knowing it.



Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.