Proper understanding of these words is very important. So many of us find it difficult to differentiate and this is why we feel so comfortable giving bad names to people.
The word “pride” can either be used in a good sense or in a bad sense. When you have a strong satisfaction in your achievements or in the achievements of others, it is used in a good sense. For example when people say “I am proud of… “. On the other hand, when you are puffed up and you make others around you feel worthless or when you have an exaggerated sense of feeling good, it is used in a bad sense. It simply means you lack respect for people or you are arrogant. Someone with dignity is worthy of respect. Such individual carries him/herself in such a manner that everyone just adores him/her.
I believe envy is what makes people have this misconception about pride and dignity. Once people notice you are loved by all, they find a way to relate it to being proud and then they begin to make others see it that way. People forget that there is a huge difference between comporting yourself and being egocentric.
What exactly is the difference between both words? I read an article and the writer described pride as an inflated sense of worth through ones own ego. This means self-respect can actually go wrong when one thinks highly of him/herself. I would say dignity is an expression of who you truly are and what you stand for. A person with dignity is never judgemental. In fact, such person is so generous to others and full of gratitude to God. In this case, you need not brag about anything. Your values announce you and makes you lovable. A proud person would do everything to make people respect him/her.
Your character speaks a lot about you. However when you misuse the privileges you have, pride sets in.
James 4:6, God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble.