ma·​chis·​mo | \ mä-ˈchēz-(ˌ)mō How to pronounce machismo (audio) , mə-, -ˈkēz- How to pronounce machismo (audio) , -ˈkiz-, -ˈchiz- \

Definition of machismo

1 : a strong sense of masculine pride : an exaggerated masculinity athletes displaying their machismo
2 : an exaggerated or exhilarating sense of power or strength the administration's machismo in pushing for a new treaty

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Examples of machismo in a Sentence

a culture that prizes machismo and has rigid gender roles
Recent Examples on the Web This sort of machismo is as timeless as a sword wielding Achilles from Homer's Iliad. Daniel Gallan, CNN, "Macho vegans: The documentary that's changing the script on plant-based diets," 18 Dec. 2019 An office wrestling match between two other security workers becomes a hilarious sendup of Israeli militarism, dripping with performative machismo. Justin Chang,, "‘Synonyms’ at Gene Siskel Film Center: When in France, do as the Israeli commandos-turned-nude Parisian models do," 5 Dec. 2019 Yors, now 27 and living in New York City, grew up in the small rural town of Jujuy in Argentina, a country known for vibrant music, Evita, and a penchant for machismo culture and blatant homophobia. Alex Blynn, Billboard, "Baby Yors Describes Emotional Live Performance of 'Mother' & Growing Up Queer in Argentina," 23 Aug. 2019 Such outpourings of essentialist machismo have always accompanied surges in feminism. Barrett Swanson, Harper's magazine, "Men at Work," 28 Oct. 2019 Indeed, for all Rex’s seemingly anti-machismo openness, un-angry angst, and optimism, there’s also something familiar about the love songs here. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "When Music’s Sad Boys Chase Happiness," 24 Oct. 2019 Una joven y su novio van a un pueblo a estudiar el machismo en los hombres, pero ella se enamora de un ``macho’’. (NR) 1 hr. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019 This is a culture that’s been dominated by machismo and homophobia for a very long time. Dánica Coto, Washington Post, "Walter Mercado, flamboyant Puerto Rican astrologer, dies," 3 Nov. 2019 By going over well-trod territory — ethnic machismo, Catholic guilt, social treachery — The Irishman shares ignominy with Bong Joon-Ho’s Cancel Culture comedy Parasite, in which killing is seen as a sardonic method of class advancement. Armond White, National Review, "The Irishman’s Déjà Vu Gangsterism," 1 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of machismo

circa 1948, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for machismo

Spanish, from macho

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The first known use of machismo was circa 1948

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7 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Machismo.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of machismo

often disapproving : an attitude, quality, or way of behaving that agrees with traditional ideas about men being very strong and aggressive

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