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

Examples of machismo in a Sentence

a culture that prizes machismo and has rigid gender roles
Recent Examples on the Web Cherry exemplifies a kind of thick-necked machismo that may seem to outsiders utterly un-Canadian. John Semley, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 Colombia’s Calm Line helps about 12 people a day understand how machismo culture leads to violence. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Nov. 2021 There’s a likeable machismo-in-reverse evident in his having once boasted of never having slept with a woman. Brad Leithauser, WSJ, 15 Oct. 2021 Known for unmercifully calling out machismo through her music, Paquita, 74, became a guiding light for women who have been wronged and slighted by their partners. Pamela Avila, USA TODAY, 23 Sep. 2021 Centuries of Spanish machismo may die hard, but social policy is pushing in the opposite direction, says Gerardo Meil, head of sociology at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Dominique Soguel, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Sep. 2021 On the strength of it, he was hired to create another ode to high-velocity machismo, this one at feature length. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 15 June 2021 This chafing of rugged machismo and soulful sensibility is embodied in Kazantzakis's antihero—an archetypal Cretan, with a defiant, devil-may-care attitude and an insatiable appetite for life. Rachel Howard, Condé Nast Traveler, 26 Aug. 2021 In addition to a healthy refusal to be controlled, James gives Ana considerable machismo. Washington Post, 29 June 2021

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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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“Machismo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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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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