Word of the day

The word for today is…

chauvinist (noun) – 1. Militant devotion to and glorification of one’s country; fanatical patriotism.
2. Prejudiced belief in the superiority of one’s own gender, group, or kind.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1863, from French chauviniste, from Chauvin + -ist.

Nicolas Chauvin is a legendary, possibly apocryphal French soldier and patriot who is supposed to have served in the First Army of the French Republic and subsequently in La Grande Armée of Napoleon. His name is the eponym of chauvinism, originally a term for excessive nationalistic fervour, but later used to refer to any form of bigotry or bias.


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