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

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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 Exiled from their children’s lives because of their homophobia, the grieving in-laws don’t meet until the funeral. Paula L. Woods, Los Angeles Times, 6 July 2021 Yet her excellence as a runner has also brought her some reprieve from the homophobia that is rampant in South Africa despite constitutional protections. New York Times, 28 June 2021 Quietly but assertively defying Lady Catherine de Bourgh’s homophobia, Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley marry and settle down together at Pemberley. Washington Post, 10 June 2021 Actually, some of the violence against Asian American happening now because of coronavirus reminds me of a lot of the homophobia around AIDS and the real rage that people had towards the gay community. Christina Lee, refinery29.com, 1 June 2021 But Rapinoe has a way of reaching beyond the sexism and homophobia. Ryan Mcginley; Styling By Yashua Simmons, Harper's BAZAAR, 19 May 2021 Today is the first day of Pride, which means someone out there just started planning a straight Pride event to placate their homophobia. Lz Granderson, ABC News, 1 June 2021 The degree of casual homophobia of those days is also really incomprehensible to young people now. E. Alex Jung, Vulture, 12 May 2021 One of those dancers, token straight guy Oliver Crumes III, overcame homophobia and reconnected with his estranged father during the process. Matthew Jacobs, Vulture, 6 May 2021

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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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15 Jul 2021

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“Homophobia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homophobia. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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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 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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