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Line breaks: mach|ismo
Pronunciation: /məˈtʃɪzməʊ
, məˈkɪzməʊ/

Definition of machismo in English:


[mass noun]
Strong or aggressive masculine pride: the exaggerated machismo displayed in the tango
More example sentences
  • Also in the rural areas, some of the more traditional machismo, an aggressively strong masculine character associated with patriarchy, prevailed.
  • The key concept for defining masculinity is machismo, which is associated with violence, power, aggressiveness, and sexual assertiveness.
  • Men do not take machismo's exaggerated masculinity as their model for behavior, which isolates them from friends who do.


1940s: from Mexican Spanish, from macho 'male', from Latin masculus.

Words that rhyme with machismo

gizmo, gran turismo, verismo

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