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In Christian dogma, pride (or vanity) is excessive belief in one's own abilities, that interferes with the individual's recognition of the grace of God. It has been called the sin from which all others arise. Pride is listed as one of the Seven Deadly Sins.

In English, the term "pride" also has a more positive sense referring to self-respect, refusal to be humiliated, and joy in one's accomplishments. Some languages distinguish between the two senses of pride; in French, self-respect is fierté and vanity is orgueuil.

Even outside a religious environment, pride may constitute a weakness in an individual, since somebody who is proud is likely to be far more affected by public humiliation or defeat than somebody who is humble.

See also: gay pride.

Arrogance is a particularly aggressive form of pride. An arrogant person is not only exceedingly confident in their own ability and value, but actively seeks to belittle other, "lesser", people in order to demonstrate it.

See also Narcissism.