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chauvinism


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Chauvinism  \Chau"vin*ism\,  n.  [F.  chauvinisme,  from  Chauvin,  a 
  character  represented  as  making  grotesque  and  threatening 
  displays  of  his  attachment  to  his  fallen  chief,  Napoleon  I., 
  in  1815.] 
  Blind  and  absurd  devotion  to  a  fallen  leader  or  an  obsolete 
  cause  hence  absurdly  vainglorious  or  exaggerated 
  patriotism.  --  {Chau"vin*ist},  n.  --  {Chau`vin*is"tic},  a. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  chauvinism 
  n  1:  fanatical  patriotism  [syn:  {jingoism},  {superpatriotism},  {ultranationalism}] 
  2:  activity  indicative  of  belief  in  the  superiority  of  men  over 
  women  [syn:  {male  chauvinism},  {antifeminism}] 




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