homophobia

noun
ho·​mo·​pho·​bia | \ˌhō-mə-ˈfō-bē-ə \

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 \ adjective

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There’s so much fear in the air and so much homophobia and anti-Semitism. Christopher Wallenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "In ‘Lempicka,’ an artist who lives her life in bold strokes," 12 July 2018 But when asked Wednesday if homophobia may have been a motivation in the boy’s death, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Capt. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Mother of 10-Year-Old Who Came Out as Gay Weeks Before Death Charged with His Murder and Torture," 30 June 2018 Trying to make change from within was a slow process for Rodriguez, who said homophobia was rampant in the NYPD in the ‘80s. NBC News, "Police at Pride? Gay cops, LGBTQ activists struggle to see eye-to-eye," 23 June 2018 Jim Buzinski, co-founder of the LGBT athletic magazine Outsports, called it blatant homophobia. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "LAFC soccer team, MLS condemn fans' chant of anti-gay slur," 1 May 2018 What was clear in the aftermath was the deeply ingrained homophobia that existed even in the carefree Big Easy toward LGBTQ citizens. Kerry Reid, chicagotribune.com, "'View UpStairs' goes back in time to tragic fire in the gay community of 1973 New Orleans," 6 July 2018 The Closet’’ is that an employee could hold onto his job by pretending to be gay, betting that his company’s fear of being accused of homophobia and discrimination would outweigh its desire to fire him. Don Aucoin, BostonGlobe.com, "‘The Closet’ plays sexual identity for old-fashioned laughs," 1 July 2018 Los Angeles Times Update on a tragic story: Anthony Avalos came out as gay in recent weeks, and authorities are now investigating whether homophobia played a role in the death of the 10-year-old Lancaster boy, a county official said. Shelby Grad, latimes.com, "Essential California: Family arrests at border stop, for now," 26 June 2018 Investigators were probing if homophobia was a factor in his death, officials said. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "California boy, 10, came out as gay just weeks before his suspicious death, officials say," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of homophobia

1969, in the meaning defined above

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homophobia

noun
ho·​mo·​pho·​bia | \ˌhō-mə-ˈfō-bē-ə \

Medical Definition of homophobia 

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

Other Words from homophobia

homophobe \ ˈhō-​mə-​ˌfōb \ noun
homophobic \ ˌhō-​mə-​ˈfō-​bik \ adjective

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