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Pride vs Plume vs Pique vs Preen

Prideplumepiquepreen are all reflexive verbs meaning to congratulate oneself because of something one is, has, or has done or achieved.

Pride usually implies a taking credit to oneself on or upon something that redounds to one’s honor or gives just cause for pride in oneself.

Plume adds to pride the implication of a display of vanity or of a more obvious exhibition of one’s gratification; the term usually suggests less justification than does pride .

Pique (see also PROVOKE 1 ) differs from plume chiefly in carrying a hint of stirred-up pride or satisfaction; usually the cause of the pride is a special accomplishment.

Preen is occasionally used in place of plume, sometimes with a slight suggestion of adorning oneself with one’s virtues.