chau·​vin·​ism | \ ˈshō-və-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce chauvinism (audio) \

Definition of chauvinism

1 : an attitude of superiority toward members of the opposite sex male chauvinism also : behavior expressive of such an attitude
2 : undue partiality or attachment to a group or place to which one belongs or has belonged regional chauvinism
3 : excessive or blind patriotism — compare jingoism his fervent nationalism mutated into blatant chauvinism— Elizabeth Fuller

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Other Words from chauvinism

chauvinist \ ˈshō-​və-​nist How to pronounce chauvinist (audio) \ noun or adjective
chauvinistic \ ˌshō-​və-​ˈni-​stik How to pronounce chauvinistic (audio) \ adjective
chauvinistically \ ˌshō-​və-​ˈni-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce chauvinistically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of chauvinism in a Sentence

their ingrained chauvinism has blinded them to their country's faults
Recent Examples on the Web At the same time, the various arrangements between governments and companies are causing anxiety over what might be called pandemic chauvinism. Ed Silverman, STAT, "U.S. gives up to $1.2 billion to AstraZeneca for Covid-19 vaccine," 21 May 2020 The issue is more perplexing now, though, as what might be called pandemic chauvinism emerges. Ed Silverman, STAT, "WHO embraces plan for Covid-19 intellectual property pool," 15 May 2020 The Japanese promoted Asian chauvinism, an appeal to the people in British, French and Dutch colonies to throw off the yoke of their Western oppressors. Washington Post, "Tolerant Thailand to welcome pope, but martyrs tale haunts," 18 Nov. 2019 People have lambasted the hall for this chauvinism for years. Evelyn Mcdonnell, Billboard, "It's Time For the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to Address Its Gender and Racial Imbalances (Guest Op-Ed)," 15 Nov. 2019 Bomberger’s book leaves one with the uneasy feeling that the First World War encouraged the rise of an American musical chauvinism, one that restricted the polyglot makeup of the nation’s culture at the turn of the last century. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The “Star-Spangled Banner” Controversy That Altered the Course of American Music," 2 July 2019 The central government remains capable of cruel chauvinism towards minorities deemed a threat to national unity. The Economist, "In China, capitalism breeds new respect for dialects," 7 Nov. 2019 Despite the growing presence of female doctors, many women still suffer from the neglect and chauvinism of paternalistic male physicians, resulting in both undertreatment and overtreatment of symptoms and illnesses. Alicia Mundy, Washington Post, "The health-care system’s second-class citizens," 6 Sep. 2019 Uber has struggled to overcome a reputation for being permissive of chauvinism that was largely sparked by former software engineer Susan Fowler’s viral blog post in early 2017. Greg Bensinger, WSJ, "Uber Faces Federal Investigation Over Alleged Gender Discrimination," 16 July 2018

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First Known Use of chauvinism

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for chauvinism

French chauvinisme, from Nicolas Chauvin, character noted for his excessive patriotism and devotion to Napoleon in Théodore and Hippolyte Cogniard's play La Cocarde tricolore (1831)

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The first known use of chauvinism was in 1851

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“Chauvinism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of chauvinism

: an attitude that the members of your own sex are always better than those of the opposite sex
: the belief that your country, race, etc., is better than any other

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