male chauvinism


the beliefs, attitudes, or behavior of male chauvinists (men who patronize, disparage, or otherwise denigrate females in the belief that they are inferior to males and thus deserving of less than equal treatment or benefit).

Nearby words

  1. maldives,
  2. maldivian,
  3. maldon,
  4. male,
  5. male alto,
  6. male chauvinist,
  7. male chauvinist pig,
  8. male cow,
  9. male fern,
  10. male gaze

Origin of male chauvinism

First recorded in 1965–70 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for male chauvinism

male chauvinism


the belief, held or alleged to be held by certain men, that men are inherently superior to women
Derived Formsmale chauvinist, noun, adjective

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Word Origin and History for male chauvinism

male chauvinism


1969; see chauvinism.

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