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machismo

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

Simple Definition of machismo

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

Full Definition of machismo

  1. 1 :  a strong sense of masculine pride :  an exaggerated masculinity

  2. 2 :  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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