chauvinism

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noun chau·vin·ism \ˈshō-və-ˌni-zəm\

Definition of chauvinism

  1. 1 :  excessive or blind patriotism — compare jingoism

  2. 2 :  undue partiality or attachment to a group or place to which one belongs or has belonged

  3. 3 :  an attitude of superiority toward members of the opposite sex; also :  behavior expressive of such an attitude

chauvinist

play \-və-nist\ noun or adjective

chauvinistic

play \ˌshō-və-ˈnis-tik\ adjective

chauvinistically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of chauvinism in a sentence

  1. <their ingrained chauvinism has blinded them to their country's faults>

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

chauvinism

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noun chau·vin·ism \ˈshō-və-ˌni-zəm\

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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