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 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 But as physically grueling as the 32,000-mile journey was, this is just as much a story of psychological conflict, as the crew led by Tracy Edwards battles internal bickering, old-school chauvinism and waves of self-doubt. Steve Byrne, Detroit Free Press, "2019 entertainment Top 10: Raconteurs, Tame Impala, 'The Deuce,' Murals in the Market," 29 Dec. 2019 To reiterate, the crux of this strategy is marketing effectiveness and not language chauvinism. Karthik Srinivasan, Quartz India, "How brands are hurting themselves with pan-India “Hinglish” ads," 25 Dec. 2019 The 19-year-old college student said she’s been robbed numerous times, regularly experiences street harassment and is frustrated by a system where most crimes go unpunished and women deal with chauvinism and inequality. Washington Post, "Protester voices: Colombians share their mounting discontent," 28 Nov. 2019 Both men embody the politics of nationalism, chauvinism and the resentment of elites. The Economist, "Binyamin Netanyahu vows to fight on despite charges of bribery and fraud," 21 Nov. 2019

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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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14 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Chauvinism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Apr. 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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