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Meaning of CHAUVINISM

Pronunciation:  'showvu`nizum

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  activity indicative of belief in the superiority of men over women
  2. [n]  fanatical patriotism
 

CHAUVINISM is a 10 letter word that starts with C.

 

 Synonyms: antifeminism, jingoism, male chauvinism, superpatriotism, ultranationalism
 
 See Also: nationalism, patriotism, sexism

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Chau"vin*ism\, n. [F. chauvinisme, from Chauvin, a
character represented as making grotesque and threatening
displays of his attachment to his fallen chief, Napoleon I.,
in 1815.]
Blind and absurd devotion to a fallen leader or an obsolete
cause; hence, absurdly vainglorious or exaggerated
patriotism. -- {Chau"vin*ist}, n. -- {Chau`vin*is"tic}, a.

Note: To have a generous belief in the greatness of one's
      country is not chauvinism. It is the character of the
      latter quality to be wildly extravagant, to be fretful
      and childish and silly, to resent a doubt as an insult,
      and to offend by its very frankness. --Prof. H. Tuttle.

 
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