noun ma·chis·mo \mä-ˈchēz-(ˌ)mō, mə-, -ˈkēz-, -ˈkiz-, -ˈchiz-\

: an attitude, quality, or way of behaving that agrees with traditional ideas about men being very strong and aggressive

Full Definition of MACHISMO

:  a strong sense of masculine pride :  an exaggerated masculinity
:  an exaggerated or exhilarating sense of power or strength

Examples of MACHISMO

  1. <a culture that prizes machismo and has rigid gender roles>

Origin of MACHISMO

Spanish, from macho
First Known Use: circa 1948


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