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exaggerated masculinity
  • How to Memorize
    • machismo - masculinity
  • Analysis

    When you display 'machismo', you demonstrate a strong sense of masculine pride that usually leads to strong and forceful behaviour which may be liked by some, but viewed as overly aggressive by others. The term also implies an outdated attitude involving very traditional ideas about how men and women should behave.

  • Exam DBSpoken DBOther
    Antonymsfemininity, delicacy, gentleness,
  • Example(s)
    1. Part of the political candidate's appeal to some voters is his swagger and machismo, which reinforces his tough-guy image.

    2. Adam explained that growing up in a culture of machismo made it hard for him to chase his dream of becoming a dancer.

    3. John was timid and anxious in his teens, so he joined the military in an attempt to prove his machismo.