Machismo Definition

Overly assertive or exaggerated masculinity, esp. as characterized by a show of virility, domination of women, etc.
Webster's New World
An exaggerated interest or devotion to something, often accompanied by a sense of superiority.
American Heritage

Origin of Machismo

  • First attested 1940, from American Spanish machismo, from Spanish macho (“male"), + suffix -ismo (“-ism").

    From Wiktionary

  • Spanish from macho male macho

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

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