One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Strong or aggressive masculine pride.
masculinity, aggressive masculinity, macho, toughness, chauvinism, male chauvinism, sexism, laddishnessView synonyms
- ‘Society has a big problem dealing with the lethal cultural combination of excessive drinking and the aggressive machismo of young men - a problem that will never be solved.’
- ‘The idea of aggressive machismo being challenged by lesbian-tinged femininity and losing to the softness of woman was interesting.’
- ‘Texas is a place that has cowboys, a very strong machismo influence, and a border culture - these were things I wanted to put into play in the piece.’
- ‘Another may be more to do with male egos and machismo.’
- ‘The ideology of machismo refers to masculine dominance and sexual conquest.’
- ‘And Moore, perhaps more than a little challenged by his own insecurities, has made a film that is profoundly invested in manhood, masculinity, machismo.’
- ‘Violence against women is part of our culture which is dominated by machismo and chauvinism.’
- ‘She argues that the revolutionary left only pays lip-service to feminism, and sexism and machismo are as pervasive in these organisations as in mainstream society.’
- ‘Also in the rural areas, some of the more traditional machismo, an aggressively strong masculine character associated with patriarchy, prevailed.’
- ‘Strong leftist movements have placed gender on the social agenda, although machismo remains strong.’
- ‘Rudy G is more than just a manly man filled with macho manliness and male machismo.’
- ‘The key concept for defining masculinity is machismo, which is associated with violence, power, aggressiveness, and sexual assertiveness.’
- ‘It is easy to see why drag kings might resort to sexist stereotypes; without aggression, dominance, or machismo, what signifiers can a performer use to communicate masculinity to the audience?’
- ‘If she can extricate them both from this strong hold of irrational machismo, then time's death grip may perhaps weaken.’
- ‘A male Cancer-Pisces, fearing that his sensitivity is a form of weakness, may try to assume an aggressive persona, hoping to conceal his feelings with an overt display of toughness or machismo.’
- ‘Men do not take machismo's exaggerated masculinity as their model for behavior, which isolates them from friends who do.’
- ‘Broccoli's subtle equation of masculinity with violence is the dark side of machismo.’
- ‘We can only assume that fashionable aggression and machismo deter more women from having their say on political issues.’
- ‘His threats and protestations do nothing to sway her - her resolve is stronger than his machismo.’
- ‘Drunk or sober, I've seen more than one situation spiral out of control for no good reason - other than ego, pride and more than a little dueling machismo from both sides.’
1940s: from Mexican Spanish, from macho ‘male’, from Latin masculus.
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