- 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: French chauvinisme, after N. Chauvin, soldier of Napoleon I, notorious for his attachment to the lost imperial cause
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- 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 . . . of making extraterrestrial life in our own image” (Henry S.F. Cooper, Jr.)
Origin: French chauvinisme, after Nicolas Chauvin, a legendary French soldier famous for his devotion to Napoleon.
- chauˈvin·ist noun
- chauˌvin·isˈtic adjective
- chauˌvin·isˈti·cal·ly adverb