View synonyms for chauvinistic


[ shoh-vuh-nis-tik ]


  1. aggressively and blindly devoted to a certain system of beliefs, especially patriotism or nationalism:

    The study of historical colonialism reveals a chauvinistic attitude toward other cultures and an implicit assumption that the West was the standard of civilized life for the rest of the world.

  2. believing that one gender is superior to another:

    These four remarkable women composers, whose work is largely unknown, were ignored until now because of the chauvinistic attitudes that prevailed in their time.

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Other Words From

  • chau·vin·is·ti·cal·ly adverb
  • un·chau·vin·is·tic adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of chauvinistic1

First recorded in 1865–70; chauvinist ( def ) + -ic ( def )

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Example Sentences

The 2000 film starred Mel Gibson as a chauvinistic ad exec who magically acquires the ability to read women’s minds.

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“Crypto has for so long been a chauvinistic, good ol’ boys club, and it’s great to see those walls coming down.”

While those with chauvinistic attitudes towards the country or its citizens may derive pleasure from this needed reality check, the consequences of Nigerians’ failures extend far beyond the government and its direct citizens.

The 4th of July has been reactionary, chauvinistic, and out-of-date since 1776.

All the parts for women are awful, and chauvinistic and they have to play a shrew.

He was Dice, an outrageously chauvinistic caricature he modeled on Elvis.

Some chauvinistic pundits are portraying the dual trips as stranding the first lady without her man.

He was very flirtatious with other women when we were out together and very chauvinistic at times.

The same history is delightfully chauvinistic in its account of the Colonial Wars.

The vile practice of yellow newspapers and chauvinistic politicians is almost the only experience of it we have.

I am not speaking sarcastically, my point is not a chauvinistic one, not even hemispherically prideful.

There is reason to think that if Japan were a democracy its policy would be more Chauvinistic than it is.

The intensely proud and chauvinistic Falsethsa would tolerate no interference.