het·​ero | \ ˈhe-tə-ˌrō How to pronounce hetero (audio) \
plural heteros

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hetero adjective

Examples of hetero in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web People from marginalized communities are exposed to far more harms, far more often, than people who enjoy the default protections of being cis, white, and hetero. Whitney Phillips, Wired, "How to Avoid Spreading Misinformation About the Protests," 4 June 2020 Lesbian women reported grooming slightly more than hetero or bisexual women, and bisexual men were most likely to go hairless. Samantha Lauriello, Health.com, "This Is the Number One Reason Women Shave Their Pubic Hair," 27 June 2019 In 1992, the triangulating Democratic Party nominee Bill Clinton was not anxious to mention the health crisis afflicting gay men in America, or anyone outside the hetero-normative. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "A fun party, but 'Ms. Blakk for President' at Steppenwolf needs a dose of Chicago truth," 4 June 2019 In cis hetero relationships, many women are unable to negotiate details such as use of a condom or whether to get pregnant. Tlaleng Mofokeng, Teen Vogue, "Sexual Pleasure Is a Human Right," 14 Sep. 2018 That means that in hetero relationships, there are a lot of times when women carry your emotional burdens as well as their own. Sophia Benoit, GQ, "What to Say When Your Girlfriend Is Having a Meltdown," 11 May 2018 But these sub-populations in hetero-resistant bacteria appear genetically identical to their susceptible counterparts. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Deadly superbug just got scarier—it can mysteriously thwart last-resort drug," 9 Mar. 2018 Many of his pictures, including some of his greatest, are, to put it bluntly, swoony hymns to hetero-normativity. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Submergence,’ a Love Story Sunk by Geopolitics," 12 Apr. 2018 This salon employs hetereo/non-hetero individuals and this just truly sucks. Fox News, "Ivanka Trump's visit to Iowa salon sparks social media backlash," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of hetero

1933, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hetero was in 1933

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“Hetero.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hetero. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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het·​ero | \ ˈhet-ə-ˌrō How to pronounce hetero (audio) \
plural heteros

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