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 gay people — compare transphobia

Other Words from homophobia

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

Examples of homophobia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After briefly outlining the origins of the monkeypox virus, what the symptoms are and how the illness spreads, Oliver partially blamed the government’s botched rollout of monkeypox treatments and vaccines on systemic homophobia. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 8 Aug. 2022 Willie Carver was named Kentucky's 2022 Teacher of the Year, but the openly gay English and French teacher resigned in June, citing rising homophobia in his district. The Week Staff, The Week, 28 Aug. 2022 For me, that’s essentially a kind of inherent homophobia. Tyler Coates, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 June 2022 Following the relationship between husband and wife Halim and Mina who have kept Halim’s homosexuality a secret for many years, the film takes an important stand against the homophobia of Morocco and its anti-LGTBQ laws. Caitlin Quinlan, Variety, 26 May 2022 Rouge Direct, a group fighting homophobia in sports demanded French football authorities sanction Gueye. Nimi Princewill, CNN, 18 May 2022 Societal change is a slower process, and Ukrainian activists have few illusions about undoing the homophobia that is deeply entrenched here. Max Bearak, Washington Post, 10 June 2022 The homophobia Yamilet and her brother Cesar grow up around seeps its way in. Eva Recinos, ELLE, 2 June 2022 The two boys are kept apart by forces as vehement as the antipathy between the Montagues and Capulets, and just as wasteful: the hatred between Protestants and Catholics, for one, but the homophobia of their fathers and brothers, too. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of homophobia

1964, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of homophobia was in 1964

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25 Sep 2022

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“Homophobia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homophobia. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for homophobia

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 gay people

Other Words from homophobia

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

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