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May 1, 2013

how to say "pride" in Hebrew

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Pride - what a contentious emotion. On the one hand, religions list it among the most grievous of sins or character traits. On the other hand, the gay community calls upon it as their staple state of being.
This kind of pride is called,
in Hebrew: לַהֲקַת אֲרָיוֹת

But perhaps more accessible to most people is that swelling-up feeling inside, when we know we've done a good job, when someone speaks of our native country in a foreign land... or when someone we love is shining in the spotlight.

The Hebrew word for pride is גַּאֲוָה
, while proud is גֵּאֶהin the masculine and גֵּאָהin the feminine.

For example:

לִבִּי מִתְמַלֵּא בְּגַּאֲוָה כְּשֶׁאֲנִי רוֹאֶה דֶּגֶל כָּחוֹל לָבָן.
My heart is filled with pride when I see a blue-and-white flag.


הִיא גֵּאָה בַּבֵּן שֶׁלָּהּ.
She's proud of her son.

To take pride is לְהִתְגָּאוֹת

For example:

בַּמֶּה רָאוּי לְהִתְגָּאוֹת, וּבַמֶּה לֹּא?
What is worthy of taking pride in, and what not?

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