Definition of chauvinism
1 : excessive or blind patriotism — compare jingoism his fervent nationalism mutated into blatant chauvinism — Elizabeth Fuller
2 : undue partiality or attachment to a group or place to which one belongs or has belonged regional chauvinism
3 : an attitude of superiority toward members of the opposite sex male chauvinism; also : behavior expressive of such an attitude
chauvinistplay \-və-nist\ noun or adjective
chauvinisticplay \ˌshō-və-ˈnis-tik\ adjective
chauvinisticallyplay \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Examples of chauvinism in a Sentence
their ingrained chauvinism has blinded them to their country's faults
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That’s when the brunt of chauvinism started, something neither Guthrie nor Vollstedt had predicted.
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Origin and Etymology of 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)
First Known Use: 1851
CHAUVINISM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of chauvinism for English Language Learners
: 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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