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

Definition of homophobe

: a person characterized by homophobia

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He was labeled a racist, a misogynist, a homophobe, a fascist, an advocate of torture and an aspiring dictator. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Bolsonaro Takes Brazil," 28 Oct. 2018 He is labeled a homophobe by his critics, but in socially conservative Brazil his objections have been welcomed. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Brazil’s Trumpian Candidate," 30 Sep. 2018 This is even more important for the public than rasist and homophobe scandal. Connie Wang, refinery29.com, "Inside The Fake News Campaign To Smear Russia's Biggest Fashion Influencers," 6 May 2018 To be clear, not many people think Quinn Norton is a racist or a homophobe. Michael Harriot, The Root, "New York Times Hires, Fires Reporter for Using the N-Word, but She’s Not Racist ... Just White," 14 Feb. 2018 Even the worst human among them — a vile racist (and homophobe) called Dougray — is allowed his back story, which helps explain, if in no way excuse, him. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: The Ghosts of Michael Brown, in ‘Until the Flood’," 18 Jan. 2018 Thanks for giving the homophobes more ammo #KevinSpacey. Abid Rahman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Kevin Spacey Provokes Furious Backlash By Coming Out as Gay in Sexual Assault Apology Statement," 30 Oct. 2017 Suddenly, the only people who saw utility in religious liberty were these Catholics and Evangelicals, who now seemed to their opponents as nothing other than misogynists and homophobes. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "The Next Lost Cause," 1 Nov. 2017 Some people think that the people who voted for Trump are racists and sexists and homophobes and deplorable folks. Anne Branigin, The Root, "Why Some Black and Brown People Can’t Trust Bernie Sanders, in 1 Quote," 31 Oct. 2017

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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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