Definition of chauvinist in US English:



  • 1A person displaying aggressive or exaggerated patriotism.

    • ‘He predicted that despite the protests of the chauvinists, the demand for English would increase.’
    • ‘Secondly, even the most extreme leftists tend to start from the position of equality between persons, whereas extreme rightists are typically chauvinists.’
    • ‘To believe this, you need to be not just a patriot but a chauvinist.’
    • ‘By acting in this irresponsible manner they have not only provided a grist to the mill of the communalists and regional chauvinists but have also damaged the credibility of the coalition ministry.’
    • ‘He presented himself not as a Pole, but a Lithuanian, which enraged chauvinists.’
    • ‘But frankly that argument echoed the calls of right-wing national chauvinists who urge people to take their holidays in Britain to support the domestic tourist industry.’
    • ‘Only in 1920 after Moscow cleared Russian chauvinists out of leadership of the Ukrainian Communist Party did the new Soviet administration seriously address aspirations for self-determination.’
    • ‘Can the cultural chauvinist be separated from the imperialist?’
    • ‘It must be channelled into the fight for an alternative perspective, which will cut a path through the reactionary political fog created by the capitalist parties, the ‘left’ opportunists and chauvinists.’
    • ‘That makes those people precisely what, on the hustings, they have criticised men up and down this country as being: it makes them chauvinists, it makes them sexist, and it makes them discriminatory.’
    • ‘All this says a lot about political consciousness and the willingness of governments to put in money in ventures which chauvinists would call ‘alien’ concerns.’
    • ‘The chauvinists were enraged, but it seemed a pretty straightforward description of where they learnt and played the bulk of their cricket.’
    • ‘No, despite what the chauvinists on both sides like to believe, we aren't all that different at all, and it is not in that ‘moral difference’ that makes us what we are.’
    • ‘They are therefore carried away with the false propaganda spread by the chauvinists with the help of the electronic media.’
    • ‘Well I was, as a kid, a terrible chauvinist, militarist and warmonger.’
    • ‘All of them are pushing through neo-liberal policies domestically, while the country is ruled by extreme right wing chauvinists.’
    • ‘In Bulgaria I become a Polish chauvinist, in Poland I am an incredible Bulgarian patriot.’
    • ‘He may have to deal with a realignment of his own, especially if his party's move to formally dump its pro-independence platform upsets the minority of diehard chauvinists.’
    1. 1.1 A person displaying excessive or prejudiced loyalty or support for a particular cause, group, or gender.
      ‘we don't want to lay ourselves open to charges that we're chauvinists’
      ‘a hard-drinking male chauvinist’
      • ‘They have pointed out that there have also been attempts by school officials to censor views deemed excessively chauvinist or racist.’
      • ‘Male chauvinists, if anything, should be the ones supporting such government folly - not aspiring feminists!’
      • ‘I couldn't see Lizzy or Andrew but Henry was lying still and clutching his left leg, but being the chauvinist, sexist, pig he is, he didn't make a single sound.’
      • ‘And they're just scotch-drinking, cigarette-smoking chauvinists who have to deal with this very capable female journalist, and they don't know what to do.’
      • ‘Churches with thousands of members that de-emphasize studies of scripture while pushing communal solidarity run a serious risk of creating large populations of uninformed and fanatical chauvinists.’
      • ‘We have no doubt that if women put their heads together, they can overcome the barriers mounted by male chauvinists.’
      • ‘And is it possible to be romantic without being a chauvinist?’
      • ‘Out of a thousand tiny details, you amass a picture of the complexity and strangeness of life: and neither quality diminishes greatly as you look further and further into the past, which human chauvinists may find surprising.’
      • ‘You would be forgiven for thinking that such sentiments had been mouthed by a male chauvinist in the 19th century, or that they are perhaps a parody of our ancestors' unenlightened mindset.’
      • ‘‘Certainly,’ says Crystal, who disagrees on this aspect with Queen's-English chauvinists.’
      • ‘Wolfe and Thompson were of the same journalistic generation, and we are all chauvinists for our era.’
      • ‘This fusion of political correctness and relevance may be the next big thing to rock mathematics education, appealing as it does to political activists and to ethnic chauvinists.’
      • ‘The is the very same way women are belittled by chauvinists (male and female) throughout history.’
      • ‘I am not, and never have been, a male chauvinist.’
      • ‘They do not have equal rights as women, and yet they are responsible for making sure that nothing changes by raising their sons as chauvinists.’
      • ‘The other day, he was virtually given a ‘dressing down’ by an irate woman delegate who demanded to know whether he was a male chauvinist.’
      • ‘In modern speak, he was a chauvinist who wanted his wife at home and subservient.’
      sexist, anti-feminist, misogynist, woman-hater
      sexist, male chauvinist, misogynist, woman-hater, anti-feminist, male supremacist
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  • Showing or relating to excessive or prejudiced loyalty or support for a particular group or cause.

    ‘a chauvinist slur’
    • ‘Others infer that this construction was the culmination of years of exclusionist and culturally chauvinist thinking on the part of the European scholars, which placed them as naturally superior to all other races.’
    • ‘In his long, miserable chauvinist career, he has done more to block women, their views, and their professional aspirations than any journalist I know.’
    • ‘And even if it does seem sexist and chauvinist to some people, then who really cares?’
    • ‘He stated that these additions would pave the way to a new religious and chauvinist despotism.’
    • ‘Oh, I still have chauvinist thoughts, like the jokes we made about these women playing football while their boyfriends watched.’
    • ‘Most of the rest I think are just terminally chauvinist and ignorant.’
    • ‘It is a call to look inside ourselves and our societies for the roots of chauvinist pastiche and a chilling demonstration of the fact that unless we go out and grapple with complexity, complexity will come in and smother us.’
    • ‘Incapable of making any broad appeal, the presidential contenders will resort to electoral fraud, character assassination, chauvinist appeals and outright violence to boost their chances.’
    • ‘He went on to make the link with the rise of a xenophobic and chauvinist party in northern Italy, with the threat of the far right in Germany and with high racial tensions in northern English towns ahead of this week's council elections.’
    • ‘But once they don the uniforms and take up arms they get chauvinist feelings.’
    • ‘This, as we said, is especially true for women who live in a chauvinist, discriminatory environment.’
    • ‘In the closing years of the 19th century, Mark Twain, shocked by chauvinist reactions to the rebellion, sounded the alarm.’
    • ‘But as details of the federal structure are worked out, the opposition of chauvinist groups is certain to intensify, compounding the political difficulties confronting the government.’
    • ‘The internal politics of Europe have been changed in ways that are only beginning to emerge, with great dangers in racist and chauvinist politics, yet also with great promise of more integrative and dynamic cultural growth.’
    • ‘No one has been charged or convicted with this or any of the previous crimes, which, given the chauvinist attitudes rampant among the police force, is hardly a shock.’
    • ‘There are many cases of chauvinist bias among police and prosecutors.’
    • ‘A perception had also grown that the Prime Minister was pandering to a racially chauvinist minority uncomfortable with the country's increasingly multicultural society.’
    • ‘In other venues union officials have been less cautious about appealing to racist and chauvinist sentiments.’
    jingoistic, chauvinistic, excessively patriotic, excessively nationalistic, sectarian, isolationist, flag-waving, xenophobic, racist, racialist, ethnocentric
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