closeted

adjective
clos·​et·​ed | \ ˈklä-zə-təd How to pronounce closeted (audio) , ˈklȯ-\

Definition of closeted

: closet sense 3 a closeted homosexual

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The abject way Spinella's satanic Roy tempts Joe Pitt (Danny Binstock), his closeted Mormon lawyer acolyte, with a career-making opportunity in Washington is cringingly unforgettable. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "For the Berkeley Rep revival of 'Angels in America,' the play is the thing," 29 May 2018 Terrified and in agony over her closeted life, J.J. attempted suicide, and the entire game is a sort of near-death fever dream where J.J.’s identity swims between liminal spaces — closeted and out, alive and dead, whole and in literal pieces. Julie Muncy, The Verge, "This queer horror game forces you to literally tear yourself apart," 8 Nov. 2018 Marcel Gisler's drama about a closeted soccer player stars Swiss Film Award best actor winner Max Hubacher opposite German actor Aaron Altaras. Boyd Van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Mario': Film Review," 31 May 2018 In a later scene, Hannah explores her Sapphic urges with a closeted female classmate, Courtney (Michele Selene Ang), but the two are interrupted by a stalker (Devin Druid) who snaps a photo of them in action before things go further. Nico Lang, Harper's BAZAAR, "There's No Such Thing As A Slut," 10 Apr. 2017 Watching him deal with the pressures to remain closeted mixed with Reynolds own experience in the community, and the high-rate of suicide among LGBTQ youth served as the inspiration for the film. Sam Tornow, Billboard, "Dan Reynolds Talks Inspiration Behind Upcoming LGBTQ Doc, 'Believer'," 21 June 2018 In particular, rumors that Mateen was a closeted gay man and had targeted the club out of self-hatred. Tim Fitzsimons /, NBC News, "What really happened that night at Pulse," 12 June 2018 Five nights and two afternoons a week, one of those Mormons, Joe Pitt, a closeted lawyer working for the infamous fixer Roy Cohn, goes through hell and out the other side to come out as a gay man. Matthew Schneier, New York Times, "Lee Pace Came Out Seven Times a Week. Then He Came Out for Real.," 4 June 2018 But Amazon’s new, three-part series A Very English Scandal tells the absolutely true story of Jeremy Thorpe, an ambitious and closeted British politician in the 1970s who attempted to orchestrate the murder of an unpredictable ex-lover. Michele Corriston, PEOPLE.com, "Hugh Grant Returns to TV as a Gay Politician Who Attempts Murder in A Very English Scandal," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of closeted

1974, in the meaning defined above

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