machismo[mä c̸hēz′mō, -c̸hēs′-, -c̸hiz′-]
Origin: Sp < macho (see macho) + -ismo, -ism
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- A strong or exaggerated sense of masculinity stressing attributes such as physical courage, virility, domination of women, and aggressiveness.
- An exaggerated sense of strength or toughness: “People prefer raw-milk cheese for its subtlety and depth of flavor, not out of some kind of foodie machismo” (Corby Kummer).
Origin: Spanish, from macho, male; see macho.