The Definition of Pride
A- according to the Complete & Unabridged Collins English Dictionary (7th Edition of HarperCollins Publishers Limited 2005) Pride is:
+feeling of honour and self respect; sense of personal worth
+excessive self-esteem; conceit
+satisfaction or pleasure taken in one’s own or another’s success, achievements, etc.
+the better or most superior part of something; flower
+the most flourishing time
+a group (of lions)
+the mettle of a horse; courage; spirit
+sexual desire esp in a female animal
+display, pomp or splendour
+pride of a place; the most important position
Old English (pryda) related to Latin (prodesse)
+to be useful
Old Norse (prüthr)
B- according to the Concise Oxford English Dictionary Thumb Index Edition (10th edition revised 2002) and Edited by Judy Pearsall, pride is:
+a feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from achievements, qualities or possessions that do one credit. Or something which causes this.
+consciousness of one’s own dignity.
+the quality of having an excessively high opinion of oneself
+the prime of something
+a group of lions forming a social unit
C- Online Dictionaries and Popular Definitions
a-google search and thesaurus.com give us the following synonyms:
+pleasure, joy, delight, gratification, fulfilment, satisfaction, sense of achievement; comfort, content, contentment darling, apple of someone’s eye, treasured possession, admiration, object of admiration, marvel
self-esteem, dignity, honour, self-respect, ego, self-worth, self-image, self-identity, self-regard, pride in oneself, pride in one’s abilities, belief in one’s worth, faith in oneself;
1-Humility, modesty, shyness, timidity.
2-Depression, gloom, melancholy, misery, pain, sadness, sorrow, trouble, unhappiness, woe, disgrace.
According to thesaurus.com, it sees pride as being the antonym to sadness, misery and disgrace. This makes it the synonym for happiness, joy and grace, a definition which is not founded in any other serious dictionary work.