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machismo

[ mah-cheez-moh, -chiz-, muh- ]
/ mɑˈtʃiz moʊ, -ˈtʃɪz-, mə- /
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noun

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.

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Origin of machismo

1945–50, Americanism<Spanish see macho, -ism
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British Dictionary definitions for machismo

machismo
/ (mæˈkɪzməʊ, -ˈtʃɪz-) /

noun

exaggerated masculine pride

Word Origin for machismo

Mexican Spanish, from Spanish macho male, from Latin masculus masculine
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