Pride VS Vanity, Prejudice VS Opinion

Hi!  I hope everybody had wonderful holidays!

Today’s topic is a prelude to the next book we will read which is….

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen!

So we are to discus the differences between pride and vanity, and prejudice and opinion.  Let’s start with pride and vanity, and get dictionary definitions for each.

pride

noun
1.

a high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc.

vanity

noun, plural vanities.
1.excessive pride in one’s appearance, qualities, abilities, achievements, etc.; character or quality of being vain; conceit
Immediately it can be seen that vanity refers explicitly to one’s outward appearance, or things that others see.  Pride however, is more inward.  Pride is thinking that you are better than someone because of a false sense of importance.  Vanity is making sure that other people know how important you are.
Next let’s look at Prejudice and Opinion

prejudice

noun
1. an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason.
2. any preconceived opinion or feeling, either favorable or unfavorable.
3. unreasonable feelings, opinions, or attitudes, especially of a hostile nature, regarding an ethnic, racial, social, or religious group.

opinion

noun
1. a belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty.
2. a personal view, attitude, or appraisal.
Prejudice means an preformed opinion that is made with no knowledge, and is usually negative.  An opinion is a belief or judgement that is not based on many or any facts.  So, and opinion can be good, while a prejudice cannot.
In both cases, one seems to fit into the larger category which is another.  You could say that a prejudice is a type of opinion, and vanity is a form of pride.  In both cases though, one thing has a very specific meaning that separates itself from its parent category, and making it able to stand alone.
-Paulie
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