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SYN. Scrupulous, Dignified, Punctilious, Agust, Gratified, Delighted

Definition: Having or showing an overwhelming opinion of oneself, one's position, etc. Feeling or manifesting pride in a good or bad sense

Example:
“ I am a cripple. I choose this word to name me. I choose from among several possibilities, the most common of which are “handicapped” and “disabled.” I choose the choice a number of years ago, without thinking, unaware of my motives for doing so. Even now, I’m not sure what those motives are, but I recognized that they are complex and not entirely flattering. People-crippled or not-wince at the word “cripple,” as they do not at “handicapped” or “disabled.” Perhaps I want them to wince. I want them to see me as a tough customer, one whom the fates/ gods/ viruses have not been kind, but who can face the brutal truth of her existence squarely. As a cripple, I swagger…Mine is one of them. Whatever you call me, I remain cripple. But I don’t care what you call me, so long as it isn’t “differently abled,” which strikes me as pure verbal garbage designed, by its ability to describe anyone, to describe no one…But call me “disabled” or “handicapped” if you like. I have long since grown accustomed to them; and if they are vague, at least they hint the truth. Moreover I sue them myself. Society is no readier to accept crippled ness than to accept death, war, sex, sweat, or wrinkles. I would never refer to another person as a cripple. It is the world I use to name only myself.”
Nancy Maris

Explanation:
Indifferent of society’s pity toward the cripple, Mairs remains proud of her physical condition as displayed by the terse sentences, “ I am a cripple. I choose this word to name me.” in which she uses to convey her message which emphasizes her bitterness to those who refuse to accept her limited strengths. Mairs’s decision of choosing this name for herself vindicates her confident tone toward accepting her restricted state, which illustrates her strong-willed attitude toward standing up for what she believes in. Additionally, the usages of quotation marks, “ ‘handicapped’...’disabled’...’cripple’ ” emphasizes her cynical attitude toward individuals who dislike using the word cripple because they fear it’s negative connotation, therefore they rather prefer, the other “non-offensive” words. The statement, “ But I don’t care what you call me…” emphasizes her impervious attitude toward society and it’s misusage of words, which justifies her scrupulous tone toward distinguishing her position upon the topic of being disadvantaged in life. Despite all the numerous terms within our society associated with the cripple, Maris’s calamitous disease proves that it only made her stronger within accepting the aspects of her condition, consequently allowing her to parade, “..I swagger” her confident within this uncontrollable diseases.

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