The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pride \Pride\, n. [AS. pr[=y]te; akin to Icel. pr[=y][eth]i
honor, ornament, pr??a to adorn, Dan. pryde, Sw. pryda; cf.
W. prydus comely. See Proud.]
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 in contempt of others.
Those that walk in pride he is able to abase. --Dan.
Pride that dines on vanity sups on contempt.
2. 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.
Thus to relieve the wretched was his pride.
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. --Macaulay.
3. Proud or disdainful behavior or treatment; insolence or
arrogance of demeanor; haughty bearing and conduct;
insolent exultation; disdain.
Let not the foot of pride come against me. --Ps.
That hardly we escaped the pride of France. --Shak.
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.
Lofty trees yclad with summer's pride. --Spenser.
I will cut off the pride of the Philistines. --Zech.
A bold peasantry, their country's pride.
5. Show; ostentation; glory.
Pride, pomp, and circumstance of glorious war.
6. Highest pitch; elevation reached; loftiness; prime; glory;
as, to be in the pride of one's life.
A falcon, towering in her pride of place. --Shak.
7. Consciousness of power; fullness of animal spirits;
mettle; wantonness; hence, lust; sexual desire; esp., an
excitement of sexual appetite in a female beast. [Obs.]
Pride of India, or Pride of China. (Bot.) See Margosa.
Pride of the desert (Zool.), the camel.
Syn: Self-exaltation; conceit; hauteur; haughtiness;
Usage: Pride, Vanity. Pride is a high or an excessive
esteem of one's self for some real or imagined
superiority, as rank, wealth, talents, character, etc.
Vanity is the love of being admired, praised, exalted,
etc., by others. Vanity is an ostentation of pride;
but one may have great pride without displaying it.
Vanity, which is etymologically "emptiness," is
applied especially to the exhibition of pride in
superficialities, as beauty, dress, wealth, etc.