[mah-cheez-moh, -chiz-, muh-]
- a strong or exaggerated sense of manliness; an assumptive attitude that virility, courage, strength, and entitlement to dominate are attributes or concomitants of masculinity.
- a strong or exaggerated sense of power or the right to dominate: The military campaign was an exercise in national machismo.
Origin of machismo
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Examples from the Web for machismo
The machismo of Afghan male culture apparently coexists with a little-noted passion for gardening.Afghanistan, We Hardly Knew You
December 8, 2014
Violence against women continues to plague Turkey, and a pioneering new female political party blames Erdogan's machismo.Turkey’s Rampant Domestic Violence Problem
July 18, 2014
But what I hear about the role of women is often inspired by an ideology of machismo.The Secret Pope Francis Haters
Barbie Latza Nadeau
March 11, 2014
She talked about being a woman in a minority where "the machismo of the Sabra"—a native-born Israeli—is still supreme.Will Women MKs Lead The New Israel?
March 18, 2013
It was the age of unbridled excess, avarice, and machismo gone haywire.Punk Rock-Feminist Pioneer Kathleen Hanna on Her SXSW Doc and More
March 13, 2013
Machismo was more meaningful to the average estate than education.The Haciendas of Mexico
Paul Alexander Bartlett
- exaggerated masculine pride
Mexican Spanish, from Spanish macho male, from Latin masculus masculine
Word Origin and History for machismo
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper