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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #125328: Vocabulary: pride and humility
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    Vocabulary: pride and humility


     

    Having ambition has always been "necessary", and it still is in our present society... Yet, knowing how to keep it in check, so as not to "belittle" other people around us (family members, co-workers, friends or even acquaintances) has become an absolute "must" now. Of course, people should work on their self-esteem, but without bragging...  This is overall a matter of balance! ( which may be quite difficult to maintain, depending on the different personalities!...) 

     

             

     To be vain                                        To boast (about)/ to brag 

     

     Proud of/ proudly  Pride 
     Self-confidence  To be self-confident  
     Ambitious/ ambition                    Vain/ vanity 
     Boastful/ boastfulness  

     To boast of/ about stg/ that...  

     To brag about/ that...

     A braggart  Obtrusive

         

       

     

     Self-satisfaction  To be self-satisfied 
     Conceit/ conceited  To show off
     Brash/ brashy Arrogant/ arrogance 
     Humble/ humbly Modest/ modesty 
     Self-denial/ abnegation         Reserved 
     Discreet/ unobstrusive  Discretion/ unobtrusiveness  
     Indiscreet/ obtrusive Indiscretion/ obtrusiveness
     Nosey To be self-conscious 
     Awkwardly Awkwardness 

     Clumsy/ clumsiness/

     Clumsily

     To be diffident/ diffidence 
     Prim Shame/ shameful
     Shameless Ashamed of 
        

     

       

                                                           What a nosey woman!

     

    EXPRESSIONS and IDIOMS:

    - to take (a) pride in

    - to pride oneself on doing sth

    - He is puffed up with pride

    - To beam with pride

    - To have pride of place

    - To swallow one's pride

    - It's a crying shame!

    - To hide one's face in shame

    - Shame on you!

     

        

     

    Your ambition at that precise moment will be to pass this test with flying colours... , which is, you'll see, totally within range!

    Go for it and thanks for working with me!    

     



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