noun \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


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Exaggerated pride in masculinity, perceived as power, often coupled with a minimal sense of responsibility and disregard of consequences. In machismo there is supreme valuation of characteristics culturally associated with the masculine and a denigration of characteristics associated with the feminine. It has for centuries been a strong current in Latin American politics and society. Caudillos (military dictators), prominent in the history of Latin America, have typified machismo with their bold and authoritarian approach to government and their willingness to employ violence to achieve their ends.


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