ma·chis·mo | \mä-ˈchēz-(ˌ)mō, mə-, -ˈkēz-, -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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Matching him in magnetic machismo is Brolin, whose Graver has just as much of a wide-swinging character arc as Alejandro from the first movie to the sequel. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: 'Sicario' gets a grim but timely sequel in 'Day of the Soldado'," 27 June 2018 Female candidates made major gains in Mexico’s election recent election—a sign of change in a culture that some have called a hotbed of machismo. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "Sandra Oh, Emmy Nomination, Wimbledon: Broadsheet July 13," 13 July 2018 But that doesn't quite convey the machismo, the serious drugs, the hedonism, the wild debauchery of the life. Deirdre Donahue, USA TODAY, "Our review: Anthony Bourdain's 'Kitchen Confidential' captured restaurants' demented glory," 8 June 2018 Eventually, whether to preserve his waning machismo or simply out of boredom, Coolidge retired Thunderbolt, who is now immortalized at the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum in Northampton, Massachusetts. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "For His Patriotic Birthday, Five Facts About Calvin Coolidge," 2 July 2018 As a genre built on unbridled machismo, homophobic attitudes can be traced through every era and subgenre of rap, and nearly all of the genre’s most influential architects have been guilty of using a gay slur in a lyric at some point. Gerrick D. Kennedy,, "How introspective hip-hop artist Roy Kinsey turned trauma into triumph," 6 June 2018 Maybe, even a decade later, there's some perceived machismo to protect. Anonymous, Glamour, "#MeToo Forced Me to Reevaluate My Own Sexual History—and I've Taken Advantage of Women," 30 May 2018 Ricardo Jimenez, a director at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Humboldt Park, said gay Puerto Ricans still have to overcome machismo, which prevents them from being fully accepted by the community. Elvia Malagon,, "Openly gay boxer to visit Chicago for Pride, Puerto Rican parades," 15 June 2018 In some cases, machismo may mask homosexual feelings of which the men are ashamed. The Economist, "The lives and deaths of transgender Latin Americans," 15 Mar. 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

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

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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