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

Definition of homophobe

: a person characterized by homophobia

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Taylor Swift’s latest song has a new target: homophobes. Mesfin Fekadu, BostonGlobe.com, "Taylor Swift calls out homophobes on new song, announces 7th album," 14 June 2019 On Monday, the vice president, a committed homophobe, defended a State Department directive ending what had become a routine practice of allowing the rainbow pride flag to be flown outside American embassies in June. Leonard Pitts Jr - Miami Herald, The Mercury News, "Pitts: Pride Month: It is good that LGBTQ people are ‘proud’," 13 June 2019 What about the fact that Margaret Court is a virulent and unapologetic homophobe? Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Mailbag: Federer-Nadal XXXIX, French Open Court Assignments, Anisimova and More," 5 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of homophobe

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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