pride(redirected from Pride comes before a fall)
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n., v. prid•ed, prid•ing. n.
Pridea group, band, or flock of animals.
- Accepts [a situation] as proudly as the mother of a Bar Mitzvah boy accepts his cracked-voice singing at the sabbath service —Ira Wood
- Beamed pride … like a mother whose son has won everything on school prize day —Louis Bromfield
- Dignified and beautiful as a Beethoven sonata —Israel Zangwill
- Dignified as a state funeral —Anon
- Felt as though he had feathers which had puffed up with pride —Pamela Hansford Johnson
The pride thus described in Johnson’s novel, The Good Husband, is caused by the admiring glances lavished upon an attractive companion.
- Felt pride rising up through his chest like gas —Margaret Millar
- Felt so proud, as though he had saved a life —Mary Hood
- For a man to say all the excellent things that can be said upon one, and call that his Epitaph, is as if a painter should make the handsomest piece he can possibly make, and say ‘twas my picture —John Selden
- Like a freshly lit lamp, expanding and bright with triumph —Julia O’Faolain
- Looking very proud like he’s discovered some sort of rare bird —Hilary Masters
- My pride stung like a slapped cheek —John Hersey
- Pride is as loud a beggar as want —Benjamin Franklin
- Pride is to character, like the attic to the house … the highest part, and generally the most empty —John Gay
- Pride like humility, is destroyed by one’s insistence that he possesses it —Kenneth P. Clark
- Pride, like the magnet, constantly points to one object, self; but unlike the magnet, it has no attractive pole but at all points repels —Charles Caleb Colton
- Pride steams off you like the stink of cancer —William Alfred
- Proud as a cock on his own dunghill —Turkish proverb
- Proud as a hen that gets a duck for a chicken —Dion Boucciault
- (Sat there …) proud as an idol —Hermann Hesse
- Proud as a peacock; all strut and show —H. G. Bohn’s Handbook of Proverbs
Probably the best known and most used of the many “Proud as” similes. The original used the Old English ‘shew’ instead of ‘show.’
- Proud as a stork —John Betjeman
- Proud as Satan himself (and as unapproachable) —Ivan Turgenev
- (They carefully tend to their garden and show off their vegetables like ….) proud new parents —Marian Thurm
- Saw his dignity slip away like a blanket —Beryl Markham
- Show [as success or dating a beautiful woman] off like a rose in a buttonhole —Milton R. Sapirstein
- (The curate) sounded proud, like somebody who brushed his teeth with table salt —J. F. Powers
- Swelled like a frog about to croak —Rita Mae Brown
- Swelled with pride like a turkey cock —Ben Ames Williams
- Swelling up [with pride] like a robin —Stephen Vincent Benét
- Wear your pride like a chevron on your sleeve —George Garrett
The following words can all be used to describe someone who has a high opinion of themselves:
Proud and self-respecting are used in a complimentary way.
However, proud is also sometimes used to show disapproval.
Arrogant, conceited, haughty, self-satisfied, smug, and supercilious are all used to describe someone who thinks they are better than other people. These words show disapproval.
Arrogant is used to describe people who behave in an unpleasant way towards other people.
Haughty is used in writing, not in conversation.
Vain also shows disapproval. It is used to describe someone who thinks they are very good-looking, or very clever or talented.
Past participle: prided
|Noun||1.||pride - a feeling of self-respect and personal worth|
feeling - the experiencing of affective and emotional states; "she had a feeling of euphoria"; "he had terrible feelings of guilt"; "I disliked him and the feeling was mutual"
dignity, self-regard, self-respect, self-worth - the quality of being worthy of esteem or respect; "it was beneath his dignity to cheat"; "showed his true dignity when under pressure"
|2.||pride - satisfaction with your (or another's) achievements; "he takes pride in his son's success"|
satisfaction - the contentment one feels when one has fulfilled a desire, need, or expectation; "the chef tasted the sauce with great satisfaction"
|3.||pride - the trait of being spurred on by a dislike of falling below your standards|
trait - a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
|4.||pride - a group of lions|
king of beasts, lion, Panthera leo - large gregarious predatory feline of Africa and India having a tawny coat with a shaggy mane in the male
animal group - a group of animals
|5.||pride - unreasonable and inordinate self-esteem (personified as one of the deadly sins)|
deadly sin, mortal sin - an unpardonable sin entailing a total loss of grace; "theologians list seven mortal sins"
|Verb||1.||pride - be proud of; "He prides himself on making it into law school"|
conceit modesty, humility, meekness
"Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall" Bible: Proverbs
"And the Devil did grin, for his darling sin"
"Is pride that apes humility" [Samuel Taylor Coleridge The Devil's Thoughts]
civic/national pride → orgullo m cívico/nacional
it is a source of pride to us that → es para nosotros un motivo de orgullo el que ...
to take (a) pride in sth/in doing sth he takes a pride in his appearance → se preocupa mucho por su aspecto
she could take no pride in what she had done → no podía enorgullecerse or estar orgullosa de lo que había hecho
we take pride in offering you the highest standards → nos enorgullecemos or estamos orgullosos de ofrecerle la mejor calidad
to have or take pride of place (lit, fig) → ocupar el lugar de honor
the photo takes pride of place on the mantlepiece → la foto ocupa el lugar de honor en la repisa de la chimenea
pride comes or goes before a fall → más dura será la caída
false pride → presuntuosidad f
I wouldn't ask him any favours, I have my pride → no le pediría ningún favor, tengo mi orgullo or amor propio
to hurt or wound sb's pride → herir a algn en su amor propio
see also swallow A2
he's the pride of the family → es el orgullo de la familia
his roses are his pride and joy → sus rosas son su orgullo
the sense of pride in a job well done → la fierté du travail bien fait
to take pride in sb/sth → être fier/ière de qn/qch
to take great pride in sth → tirer une grande fierté de qch
I take very great pride in the success of my children → Je tire une très grande fierté du succès de mes enfants.
to take a pride in doing sth → être fier/ière de faire qch
to be sb's pride and joy → être la fierté de qn
His pride forbids him to ask Arthur's help → Sa fierté lui interdit de demander l'aide d'Arthur.
a blow to sb's pride → une atteinte à la fierté de qn, une atteinte à l'orgueil de qn
to swallow one's pride → ravaler son orgueil
to pride o.s. on sth → s'enorgueillir de qch
to pride o.s. on doing sth → s'enorgueillir de faire qch
false pride → falso orgoglio
to take (a) pride in (appearance, punctuality) → tenere molto a (children, achievements) → essere orgoglioso/a di
she takes (a) pride in arriving on time → ci tiene molto ad essere sempre puntuale
his pride was hurt → fu ferito nell'orgoglio
she is a (great) source of pride to him → è (molto) fiero or orgoglioso di lei
her plants are her pride and joy → le sue piante sono il suo orgoglio or vanto
to have pride of place → essere al primo posto