heterophobia

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noun het·ero·pho·bia \ˌhe-tə-rə-ˈfō-bē-ə\

Definition of heterophobia

plural

heterophobias

  1. :  irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against heterosexual people As in so many areas of our society, divisions are drawn in black and white; there are no shades of gray. Homophobia is countered by heterophobia; the empty answer to gay-bashing is a vow to bash back. There are sadder developments in American life, I suppose, but for the moment, I can't think of one. — Pete Hamill, Esquire, August 1990

heterophobe

\ˈhe-tə-rə-ˌfōb\ play noun, plural

heterophobes

Raised by equally disenfranchised drag queens in San Francisco … Cho became a self-confessed heterophobe. — Leatrice Spevack, The Toronto Star, 2 Mar. 2001

heterophobic

\ˌhe-tə-rə-ˈfō-bik\ play adjective Take straight men, for example. Most of my life I avoided them … . At one point I was just as heterophobic as I thought they were homophobic, and I lived in isolation. — Cameron Lopez, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Feb. 2006

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Origin and Etymology of heterophobia

hetero- (in sense “heterosexual”) + -phobia


First Known Use: 1978


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