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Meaning of machismo

ma•chis•mo

Pronunciation: (mä-chēz'mō, -chiz'-, mu-), [key]
— n.
  1. a strong or exaggerated sense of manliness; an assumptive attitude that virility, courage, strength, and entitlement to dominate are attributes or concomitants of masculinity.
  2. a strong or exaggerated sense of power or the right to dominate: The military campaign was an exercise in national machismo.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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