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[mah-cheez-moh, -chiz-, muh-]
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  1. a strong or exaggerated sense of manliness; an assumptive attitude that virility, courage, strength, and entitlement to dominate are attributes or concomitants of masculinity.
  2. a strong or exaggerated sense of power or the right to dominate: The military campaign was an exercise in national machismo.
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Origin of machismo

1945–50, Americanism < Spanish see macho, -ism
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Related Words

macho, male, manliness, masculine, mannish, muscular, virile, manful

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British Dictionary definitions for machismo


  1. exaggerated masculine pride
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Word Origin

Mexican Spanish, from Spanish macho male, from Latin masculus masculine
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Word Origin and History for machismo


1940, from American Spanish machismo, from Spanish macho "male" (see macho) + ismo (see -ism).

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