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Chauvin

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A blind idolator of Napoleon the Great. The name is taken from Les Aides de Camp, by Bayard and Dumanoir, but was popularised in Charet’s Conscrit Chauvin.

Chauvinism. A blind idolatry of Napoleon the Great. Now it means a blind and pugnacious patriotism: a warlike spirit.

“Chauvin, patriote ardent, jusquʹà lʹexagération. Allusion au nom dʹun type de caricature populaire, comme le prouve cet exemple: 1820, epoque où un liberalism plus large commença à se moquer de ces éloges donnés aux conscrit Chauvin, flt justice de ces niaiseries de lʹopinion.”—Lorédan Larchey: Dictionnaire de lʹArgot Parisien, 1872.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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