Chauvinism Definition

Militant, unreasoning, and boastful devotion to one's country; jingoism.
Webster's New World
Unreasoning devotion to one's race (or one's sex, etc.) with contempt for other races (or the opposite sex, etc.)
Webster's New World

(pejorative) Excessive patriotism, eagerness for national superiority; jingoism.


Origin of Chauvinism

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • French chauvinisme after Nicolas Chauvin , a legendary French soldier famous for his devotion to Napoleon

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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