Chauvinistic
Chauvinism Chau"vin*ism, n. [F. chauvinisme, from Nicolas Chauvin, a character represented as making grotesque and threatening displays of his attachment to his fallen chief, Napoleon I., in 1815 (in the play La Cocarde tricolor, 1831).] 1. Blind and absurd devotion to a fallen leader or an obsolete cause; hence, absurdly vainglorious or exaggerated patriotism. [1913 Webster]

2. exaggerated and unreasoning partisanship to any group or cause; -- as, male chauvinism, i.e. belief in the superiority of males. [PJC] -- {Chau"vin*ist}, n. & adj. -- {Chau`vin*is"tic}, a. [1913 Webster]

Note: To have a generous belief in the greatness of one's country is not chauvinism. It is the character of the latter quality to be wildly extravagant, to be fretful and childish and silly, to resent a doubt as an insult, and to offend by its very frankness. --Prof. H. Tuttle. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • chauvinistic — adj. fanatically patriotic. Syn: flag waving(prenominal), jingoistic, nationalistic, superpatriotic, ultrapatriotic. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chauvinistic — [[t]ʃo͟ʊvɪnɪ̱stɪk[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n (disapproval) If you describe someone as chauvinistic, you believe that they think their own country is more important and morally better than any other. ...national narrow mindedness and… …   English dictionary

  • chauvinistic — chau|vi|nis|tic [ˌʃəuvıˈnıstık US ˌʃou ] adj 1.) having the belief that your own country or race is better or more important than any other ▪ a chauvinistic dislike of all things foreign 2.) having the belief that your own sex is better, or more… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • chauvinistic — adjective 1 having the belief that your own country is better or more important than any other country: a chauvinistic dislike of all things foreign 2 having the attitude that your own sex is better or more important than the other sex,… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • chauvinistic — chauvinist ► NOUN ▪ a person displaying excessive or prejudiced support for their own country, cause, group, or sex. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to such excessive or prejudiced support. DERIVATIVES chauvinistic adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • chauvinistic — adjective see chauvinism …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • chauvinistic — See chauvinist. * * * …   Universalium

  • chauvinistic — adjective Of or pertaining to chauvinism or a chauvinist …   Wiktionary

  • chauvinistic — Synonyms and related words: antiblack, biased, chauvinist, civic, colored, doctrinaire, dogmatic, flag waving, influenced, interested, jaundiced, jingoist, know nothing, nationalistic, nonobjective, one sided, opinionated, overpatriotic, partial …   Moby Thesaurus

  • chauvinistic — chau·vin·is·tic || ‚ʃəʊvɪ nɪstɪk adj. extremely nationalistic; excessively devoted (to one s own sex, race, etc.) …   English contemporary dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”