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

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From the beginning, Deadwood was about much more than the complexities of machismo. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "The Outlaw World of Deadwood," 6 June 2019 Recounting a memorable dining experience in China, Outside co-founder and editor-at-large Tim Cahill considers the curious machismo associated with adventurous eating. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Weirdest Stories We've Ever Told," 4 June 2019 Sensitivity and seduction replaced machismo and braggadocio. Marc Myers, WSJ, "Barry White’s Music of Love," 11 Oct. 2018 Out there on those long, empty stretches of seemingly lawless road, our country’s love affair with cars dovetailed perfectly with the machismo of the American West. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Long Live Route 66," 19 July 2018 The wave of women speaking out is now threatening an entrenched machismo culture in a country where women are often catcalled, hissed at and harassed on the street. Almudena Calatrava, The Seattle Times, "Wave of sexual abuse allegations shakes Argentina," 26 Dec. 2018 Those egos — the outsized, Hemingway-esque machismo of a certain type of male artist — are the subject at the heart of the film, even more than a changing Hollywood, or the echoes of Welles’ life. Keith Phipps, The Verge, "Netflix’s Orson Welles revival is strange, fascinating, and frustrating," 1 Nov. 2018 And while there was a dearth of rom-coms for a while in Hollywood, the genre is once again on the upswing, and Noah sees it as a way to challenge the traditional machismo that Hollywood has been selling for far too long. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "Noah Centineo Wants You to Find Your Own Peter Kavinsky," 6 Sep. 2018 Above all, Reynolds’s machismo was the stuff of celluloid legend Though his career waned in the 1980s and ’90s, Reynolds continued to work constantly, racking up, by some reports, hundreds of film and television roles. Aja Romano, Vox, "Burt Reynolds, ’70s icon and movie star, is dead at 82," 6 Sep. 2018

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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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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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