ho·​mo·​phobe | \ ˈhō-mə-ˌfōb How to pronounce homophobe (audio) \

Definition of homophobe

: a person characterized by homophobia

Examples of homophobe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Over the past two weeks, Gen Z has set its sights on Eminem, the monolithic rapper who’s sold tens of millions of albums while infuriating countless critics who branded him a misogynist, homophobe and abuse apologist over the last quarter-century. Bryan Rolli, Forbes, "Gen Z Wants To Cancel Eminem. His Millennial Fans Should Be Proud," 12 Mar. 2021 The LGBTQ Community & Friends — Incumbent school board member Leslie Ellison, an outspoken homophobe who got 49.9% of the vote in the Nov. 3 primary, ultimately lost to newcomer Dr. J.C. Romero, an openly gay educator. Clancy Dubos, NOLA.com, "Da Winnas & Da Loozas redux: a dramatic turnaround," 11 Dec. 2020 Cupcakke takes a stand for her LGBTQ fans by spending the whole track roasting any and every homophobe on earth. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 50 Best LGBTQ Songs of the 2010s: Staff Picks," 22 Nov. 2019 During their southbound trip, the duo meet dozens of new characters who, on any other television program, would be drawn as over-the-top characatures of homophobes and racists. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "RuPaul and Michael Patrick King Break Down the Stunning Drag Numbers From 'AJ and the Queen'," 14 Jan. 2020 Many mainstream politicians are vocal homophobes, which appeals to some Confucian traditionalists and evangelical Christians. The Economist, "Hecklers outnumber gay-festival-goers in South Korea," 5 Sep. 2019 Financial Times Twitter ads Twitter has apologized for letting advertisers target hate groups such as neo-Nazis and homophobes. David Meyer, Fortune, "The case for a health care futures market," 16 Jan. 2020 Granted with money, resources, and celebrity, these crusaders are addicts, murderers, racists, rapists, homophobes, and more. Maya Phillips, The New Yorker, "“Watchmen,” “The Boys,” and the False Hope That Superheroes Can Save Us," 17 Dec. 2019 Bolsonaro, a former Army captain whose followers call him the Legend, is an unabashed racist, homophobe, and misogynist. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "Blood Gold in the Brazilian Rain Forest," 4 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of homophobe

1964, in the meaning defined above

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16 Mar 2021

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“Homophobe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homophobe. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of homophobe

: a person who hates or is afraid of homosexuals or treats them badly

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