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Definition of "machismo" []

  • A strong or exaggerated sense of masculinity stressing attributes such as physical courage, virility, domination of women, and aggressiveness. (noun)
  • An exaggerated sense of strength or toughness: "People prefer raw-milk cheese for its subtlety and depth of flavor, not out of some kind of foodie machismo” ( Corby Kummer). (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "machismo" in a sentence
  • "Though it’s understandable how a culture that invented the term machismo might be uncomfortable lionizing a gay icon, it’s ironic that Morrissey has now been adopted by two diametrically opposed subcultures."
  • "We all need a wake up call sometimes, and too many college guys just need to wake up to the fact that their machismo is immature, unappreciated, more than unattractive."
  • "I know there are some people to whom machismo is a turn-on, but if they have any sense, they'll save it for their personal ads and keep it out of the foreign policy of the United States."