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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The two have made a career out of highlighting Chicket’s many, many failures, and part of what makes the page so compelling is that the two love to subvert displays of machismo. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "When this Instagram couple has vicious fights, millions of people tune in," 31 Aug. 2018 One of the main things the women of Sabrina have going for them in their fight against demonic machismo is that they aren't pitted against each other. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Is Dark and Scary, But Not in the Way You Think," 26 Oct. 2018 In fact, the only bright spot in Piers Morgan’s social media presence is that most of his attempts at pseudo-intellectual machismo end up being spectacular self-owns. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Dad Twitter Comes for Piers Morgan’s Dumb Tweet," 16 Oct. 2018 The real-estate industry for years had a reputation for machismo and inconsistent workplace attitudes even as other businesses began to admit a greater number of women to their executive ranks and board rooms. Esther Fung, WSJ, "REIT Industry Hits Diversity Record With Female Board Appointees," 26 June 2018 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

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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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