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

Definition of homophobe

: a person characterized by homophobia

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The second verse is about homophobes and the people picketing outside our concerts. Abby Aguirre, Vogue, "Taylor Swift on Sexism, Scrutiny, and Standing Up for Herself," 8 Aug. 2019 Policy swings Critics denied Johnson as lazy, racist, misogynist, and a homophobe during his successful attempt to become London mayor in 2008. Phil Boucher, Fortune, "What Can We Expect From Boris Johnson? Scandals, Screw-Ups, Quips, and Comebacks," 23 July 2019 Its usual spokespeople, who carefully maintain the appearance of a plurality of opinion when times are calm, have unanimously compared protesters to racists, anti-Semites, homophobes, plotters, and troublemakers. . . Christopher Ketcham, Harper's magazine, "A Play with No End," 22 July 2019 In one corner are universal rights to housing, health care, education, food, and safety; in the other are the ideologies espoused by Islamophobes, homophobes, anti-Semites, sexists, ethno-nationalists, white supremacists, and neo-Nazis. Neima Jahromi, The New Yorker, "The Fight for the Future of YouTube," 8 July 2019 Trans people in turn accuse such women of transphobia, likening their concerns to those raised by homophobes in the 1980s and blaming them for an increase in reported hate crimes against trans people. The Economist, "As London prepares for Pride, a row simmers in the LGBT community," 4 July 2019 Gay men’s classic sources of trauma and violence stem less from being hit on than from being literally hit by homophobes. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Cruising in the Age of Consent," 19 June 2019 Taylor Swift's latest song has a new target: homophobes. Mesfin Fekadu, chicagotribune.com, "Taylor Swift calls out homophobes on new song, announces 7th album," 14 June 2019 The song takes an equality-first stance, criticizing haters and homophobes alike, and ends with a call to followers to support her Senate petition in favor of the Equality Act, tied in with this month’s celebrations of Pride Month. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Your Guide to the References in Taylor Swift's 'You Need to Calm Down' Music Video," 17 June 2019

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1971, in the meaning defined above

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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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