ho·​mo·​phobe ˈhō-mə-ˌfōb How to pronounce homophobe (audio)
: a person characterized by homophobia

Examples of homophobe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The deepening friendship between these two young women, one of whom is alive, is very much coded as romantic, though not enough to ruffle the feathers of homophobes or, perhaps more pertinently in the eyes of the movie’s corporate parents, forbid it from being shown in China. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 21 Mar. 2024 But you'd be hard pushed to be a homophobe and marry Madonna. Jack Irvin, Peoplemag, 10 Oct. 2023 His cabinet colleagues include a minister for national security who has several convictions for racist incitement and support for a terrorist group, and a finance minister who has described himself as a homophobe and said that Israel should be governed by religious law. Patrick Kingsley, New York Times, 23 July 2023 Considering Imperioli’s delightful and varied career, this is a huge loss for homophobes. Vulture, 1 July 2023 Someone said vulnerable students shouldn’t have to bear the burden of debating a white supremacist or a homophobe, or be fearful because people with those views are on campus. Susan Svrluga, Washington Post, 4 May 2023 When Elaine Noble, the first openly gay legislator in Massachusetts, was targeted by menacing homophobes, Frank, as attorney general, went to comfort her and assigned a security detail. Kevin Cullen, BostonGlobe.com, 2 May 2023 Look - are there supporters of Trump who are racist, sexist homophobes? CBS News, 19 Feb. 2023 Is Cleo a homophobe? Vulture, 13 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1964, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of homophobe was in 1964

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“Homophobe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homophobe. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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