flatter oneself in his care for his daughter


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Hi there,
I would like to know; what is the difference between "taking pride in somehting" and "flattered oneself that..."
For example I saw this sentence
"He flattered himself that he cared for his daughter".
"He felt proud that he cared for his daughter"
Aren't they twisted sentences? Can you say "you take pride in someone"? Is there any difference between each of them?
Thanks for your answers
  • Oeco

    Senior Member
    English - US
    To flatter one's self suggests that he really didn't take care of his daughter but rather wanted others (or himself) to believe that he did. It's the opposite of the second sentence. See definition #4 in the WordReference dictionary: to feel satisfaction with (oneself ), sometimes mistakenly:He flattered himself that the speech had gone well.
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