homophobia

noun
ho·​mo·​pho·​bia | \ ˌhō-mə-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce homophobia (audio) \

Definition of homophobia

: irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals

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Other Words from homophobia

homophobic \ ˌhō-​mə-​ˈfō-​bik How to pronounce homophobic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of homophobia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After a perfunctory police investigation that yielded no arrests, many questions still remain about the role of the industry’s own homophobia in failing to protect him. New York Times, "The World According to," 31 Jan. 2020 The story of the wealthy Rose family, who lost their video rental chain fortune through no fault of their own, was notable for taking place in a working-class town without bigotry or homophobia. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Schitt's Creek Season 6 Just Dropped on Netflix Early," 3 Oct. 2020 My anxiety over the question of my bisexuality, combined with the obvious homophobia in my local Indian community and my own family, eventually spilled into all aspects of my life. Ananya, refinery29.com, "It Took My Breakup To Make Me See The Bi Label Wasn’t Right For Me," 28 Sep. 2020 The homophobia is really jumping out this morning... Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Jeffree Star Slams Accusations That New Boyfriend Andre Marhold Sent Ex-Girlfriend Sexual Videos," 25 Aug. 2020 The community standards does not take into account the homophobia, and the violence, and how all those things intersect. Ines Novacic, CBS News, "Censorship on social media? It's not what you think," 28 Aug. 2020 Jeffree shared a tweet about the homophobia he's been receiving, though did not make clear who the tweet was specifically about. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Jeffree Star Slams Accusations That New Boyfriend Andre Marhold Sent Ex-Girlfriend Sexual Videos," 25 Aug. 2020 Davison said the evolution from a marketing perspective is also powerful because of its combativeness against the homophobia that she's experienced in her sport over the last few decades. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Mountain biker Lea Davison chronicles hidden financial hardships of Olympic athletes," 9 Aug. 2020 But many people left the sport when Rollerblading became passé — with underlying homophobia contributing to its precipitous decline. Kristen Leigh Painter Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Cooped-up and feeling nostalgic, Minnesotans dig out their in-line skates or go buy new ones," 7 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of homophobia

1964, in the meaning defined above

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18 Oct 2020

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“Homophobia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homophobia. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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homophobia

noun
ho·​mo·​pho·​bia | \ ˌhō-mə-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce homophobia (audio) \

Medical Definition of homophobia

: irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals

Other Words from homophobia

homophobe \ ˈhō-​mə-​ˌfōb How to pronounce homophobe (audio) \ noun
homophobic \ ˌhō-​mə-​ˈfō-​bik How to pronounce homophobic (audio) \ adjective

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