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

Examples of chauvinism in a Sentence

their ingrained chauvinism has blinded them to their country's faults
Recent Examples on the Web Again and again, though, Marian runs up against the chauvinism and incredulity of male pilots, including an industry just getting off the ground. Washington Post, 3 May 2021 Even for someone who had grown up in Serbia, where sexism and male chauvinism are deeply entrenched, the blowback was stunning, Stajnfeld said. New York Times, 24 Mar. 2021 This needs to stop–and this month, big names in the esports industry are once again working together to provide a voice to female gaming talent and continue to challenge the grim, ongoing reality of male chauvinism. Matt Gardner, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021 Critics denounced this language as rank chauvinism and cultural imperialism. Nile Gardiner, National Review, 3 Mar. 2021 This early manifestation of mass sporting chauvinism dismayed George Orwell. David Papineau, WSJ, 22 Feb. 2021 The magazine was fearless about spotlighting chauvinism, often naming names, and about excavating its underlying presumptions, as Ms. Nemser did in an essay published in April 1972. New York Times, 7 Feb. 2021 Among them were a handful of men like Mr. Fisher, whose large online footprint suggests a fierce devotion to a hypermasculine ethos of chauvinism, grievance and misogyny. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, 4 Feb. 2021 Deplatforming white supremacy, chauvinism, and fascism is not antithetical to this battle for free speech, but a continuation. Malkia Devich-cyril, Wired, 31 Jan. 2021

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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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10 May 2021

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“Chauvinism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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