- The definition of chauvinism refers to being excessively or overly loyal to your country, race or gender, often at the expense of others.
- An example of chauvinism is extreme patriotism.
- An example of chauvinism is a man who is extremely loyal and respectful towards men, while simultaneously not treating women as well.
- militant, unreasoning, and boastful devotion to one's country; jingoism
- unreasoning devotion to one's race, sex, etc. with contempt for other races, the opposite sex, etc.
Origin of chauvinismFrench chauvinisme, after N. Chauvin, soldier of Napoleon I, notorious for his attachment to the lost imperial cause
- Militant devotion to and glorification of one's country; fanatical patriotism.
- Prejudiced belief in the superiority of one's own gender, group, or kind: “the chauvinism &ellipsis; of making extraterrestrial life in our own image” (Henry S.F. Cooper, Jr.)
Origin of chauvinismFrench chauvinisme, after Nicolas Chauvin, a legendary French soldier famous for his devotion to Napoleon.
(countable and uncountable, plural chauvinisms)
Borrowing from French chauvinisme meaning 'idealistic devotion to Napoleon' and named for Nicolas Chauvin, a legendary and excessively patriotic soldier of the French First Republic. The figure of Chauvin became especially famous as a character in the play La Cocarde Tricolore by the Cogniard brothers.