Holman Bible Dictionary
“Boasting” can be committed only in the presence of other persons (1 John 2:16 ; James 4:16 ). “Haughtiness” or “arrogance” measures self as above others (Mark 7:23 ; Luke 1:51 ; Romans 1:30 ; 2 Timothy 3:2 ; James 4:6 ; 1 Peter 5:5 ). This word refers primarily to the attitude of one's heart. 1 Timothy 3:6 ; 1 Timothy 6:4 ; and 2 Timothy 3:4 use a word literally meaning “to wrap in smoke.” It emphasizes the plight of the one who has been blinded by personal pride.
Pride may appear in many forms. Some of the more common are pride of race, spiritual pride, and pride of riches. Jesus denounced pride of race (Luke 3:8 ). The parable of the Pharisee and the publican was directed at those guilty of spiritual pride, the ones who “trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others” (Luke 18:9 ). James 1:10 warns the rich against the temptation to be lifted up with pride because of their wealth.
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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Pride'. Holman Bible Dictionary. http://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/hbd/p/pride.html. 1991.