Pride in the negative sense is a high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority.
Pride is an insidious spiritual cancer. It lies at the root of all sin and self-centeredness, producing a profound darkness in the minds of those who tolerate it.
Some forms of pride are obvious (at least when they occur in the lives of others). Arrogance, boasting, haughtiness and snobbery are all fairly easy to see. Consequently, we tend to equate pride with such glaring manifestations. But there is another form of pride which is doubly dangerous; it is a pride which masquerades as humility.
The essence of pride is self-centeredness. This can be clearly seen in the arrogant. “Look at everyone watch me. See them laugh at my jokes. I’ll bet they envy my good taste in clothes, etc.” An arrogant man has a high opinion of himself and seeks to be the center of his known universe at all times.