Meaning: a person (usually male) with an exaggerated devotion towards a gender, person or group; a person with excessive patriotism
- My uncle is a male chauvinist who thinks the only thing women are good for is cooking and cleaning.
- The athletes' allegiance to their country is beyond patriotism. I'd consider it chauvinism.
Origin: Nicolas Chauvin was a legendary - probably fictitious - 19th-century French soldier serving under Napoleon Bonaparte. Because of his apparent deep devotion to his country and leader, he was laughed at for exaggerated patriotism.
Which is characteristic of a male chauvinist?
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Contributor: Tara Benwell