heterophobia

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

Definition of heterophobia

plural heterophobias
: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 HamillEsquireAugust 1990

heterophobe

play \ˈhe-tə-rə-ˌfōb\ noun, plural heterophobes
    • Raised by equally disenfranchised drag queens in San Francisco … Cho became a self-confessed heterophobe.
    • —Leatrice SpevackThe Toronto Star2 Mar. 2001

heterophobic

play \ˌhe-tə-rə-ˈfō-bik\ 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 LopezThe Salt Lake Tribune26 Feb. 2006

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Origin and Etymology of heterophobia

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


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