The noun pride describes a feeling of happiness that comes from achieving something. When you do a good job or finish a difficult task, you feel pride. Pride can also have a negative meaning and refer to exceedingly high self-regard.

If you know someone with the negative kind of pride, you might notice that his pride makes it hard for people to like him. Pride can also refer to the standards you have for yourself — your dignity. For example, you might have too much pride to ask for help when you need it. Pride also acts as a verb meaning "be proud of." You might pride yourself on being punctual, or pride yourself on always having a daring, trendsetting haircut.

Primary Meanings of pride

a feeling of self-respect and personal worth
be proud of
a group of lions
Full Definitions of pride

n a feeling of self-respect and personal worth

humbleness, humility
a humble feeling
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dignity, self-regard, self-respect, self-worth
the quality of being worthy of esteem or respect
self-esteem, self-pride
a feeling of pride in yourself
ego, egotism, self-importance
an inflated feeling of pride in your superiority to others
amour propre, conceit, self-love, vanity
feelings of excessive pride
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the experiencing of affective and emotional states

n unreasonable and inordinate self-esteem (personified as one of the deadly sins)

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arrogance, haughtiness, hauteur, high-handedness, lordliness
overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner toward inferiors
condescension, disdainfulness, superciliousness
the trait of displaying arrogance by patronizing those considered inferior
the manifestation of scorn and contempt
overbearing pride or presumption
domineeringness, imperiousness, overbearingness
the trait of being imperious and overbearing
displaying a sense of being better than others
snobbery, snobbishness, snobbism
the trait of condescending to those of lower social status
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deadly sin, mortal sin
an unpardonable sin entailing a total loss of grace

n the trait of being spurred on by a dislike of falling below your standards

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a distinguishing feature of your personal nature

n satisfaction with your (or another's) achievements

“he takes pride in his son's success”
civic pride, civic spirit
pride in your city
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the contentment one feels when one has fulfilled a desire, need, or expectation

v be proud of

“He prides himself on making it into law school”
congratulate, plume
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experience, feel
undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind

n a group of lions

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animal group
a group of animals

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