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Is "in her pride she sat" grammatical and idiomatic?

In her pride, she sat quietly and observed the loudmouths around her.

She stood there quietly in her pride.

She isolated herself from the others in her pride.

I am not sure if it's idiomatic, because I rarely ever encountered similar sentences. I think it's grammatical, but I am not sure if it's idiomatic.

Saw some examples on the Internet with similar wording:

In his pride he performed many a wonder until the high King of Kings, who sees and knows all things, took vengeance on his pride (2809).

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    Is she a lion? Perhaps "She stood there quietly and proudly." Commented May 11, 2020 at 22:25
  • So is "in her pride" unidiomatic? Why?
    – Sayaman
    Commented May 11, 2020 at 23:46
  • You are describing two qualities of the subject, one as an adverb and one as a noun. As my link suggests, the sentences make her seem like she is with her lion family, and they are not idiomatic. Commented May 11, 2020 at 23:49
  • Is it idiomatic if I say: In her pride, she stood there quietly?
    – Sayaman
    Commented May 12, 2020 at 2:55
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    Sounds 'poetic'...!
    – Ram Pillai
    Commented May 12, 2020 at 3:29

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It seems grammatically correct. However, "in her pride" would not be the way most native speakers would phrase that. I might say something like, "She sat in dignified silence and observed the loudmouths around her". I think "dignity" fits better. "Pride" can have negative connotations. "She was too proud to talk to the other people". In other words, she thought she was better than everyone else.

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All three sentences are grammatically correct but none are idiomatic. The first version would be OK in a literary context, but is not suitable for general writing or conversation. The other two would sound unnatural in any context.

The particular example that you quoted is quite literary: "many a wonder" is also a literary turn of phrase.

As others have said, pride might not be the right word. I recommend consulting a good dictionary like this one, and check whether any of the meanings match what you want to say.

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