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 In a genre that prioritizes stiff, grim cowboys and an almost heartless machismo, Zhao shows a world where women lean on each other to seek freedom. Anne Cohen,, "Let Frances McDormand Take You On An Adventure In The Sprawling Nomadland Trailer," 14 Dec. 2020 Castillo says his father was hard on the family, enforcing a code of machismo that extended to the clothes his children wore to school every day. Martin Wolk, Los Angeles Times, "After years of turmoil, ‘Dreamer’ and author Marcelo Hernandez Castillo is proud to put down California roots," 8 Dec. 2020 There are certain men who are gonna look at a masculine fraud like Trump and identify with his machismo, his bravado — which is not backed up by anything — but will identify with him in that way. Errin Haines, USA TODAY, "Eric Holder on the gendered impact of voter suppression," 29 Oct. 2020 Some Democrats argue that the support for Mr. Trump is an example of machismo culture, venerating traditional gender roles and a kind of hyper-masculinity. Jennifer Medina, New York Times, "The Macho Appeal of Donald Trump," 14 Oct. 2020 As the organization got bigger and bigger, in some ways the machismo got stronger. Valerie Jarrett, Glamour, "Yes, Dolores Can: The 90-Year-Old Activist on Speaking Up, Raising Hell, and Doing the Work," 13 Oct. 2020 Some of this can be explained by Trump’s signature mix of machismo and desperation. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Donald Trump Will Kill Us All," 9 Oct. 2020 Amazingly, this was not the most ludicrous attempt at machismo of the evening. Monica Hesse, Washington Post, "No, Trump did not piledrive the virus into submission with his superior strength," 6 Oct. 2020 But that’s exponentially more so for a reality-TV celebrity who has built his political image on claims, however questionable, of machismo, vitality and vigor. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "Sick With Covid, Trump Tries to Paint the Picture of Health on TV," 4 Oct. 2020

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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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28 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Machismo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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