from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Militant devotion to and glorification of one's country; fanatical patriotism.
- n. Prejudiced belief in the superiority of one's own gender, group, or kind: "the chauvinism . . . of making extraterrestrial life in our own image” ( Henry S.F. Cooper, Jr.)
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Excessive patriotism, eagerness for national superiority; jingoism.
- n. Unwarranted bias, favoritism, or devotion to one's own particular group, cause, or idea.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Blind and absurd devotion to a fallen leader or an obsolete cause; hence, absurdly vainglorious or exaggerated patriotism.
- n. exaggerated and unreasoning partisanship to any group or cause; -- .
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The sentiments of a chauvin; enthusiastic, unreflecting devotion to any cause; especially, absurdly exaggerated patriotism or military enthusiasm.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. fanatical patriotism
- n. activity indicative of belief in the superiority of men over women
French chauvinisme, after Nicolas Chauvin, a legendary French soldier famous for his devotion to Napoleon.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French chauvinisme (originally ‘idealistic devotion to Napoleon’), named from Nicolas Chauvin de Rochefort, a soldier of the First Republic known for his excessive patriotism, especially famous after featuring as a character in Cogniard's play La Cocarde Tricolore. (Wiktionary)