homophobia

noun

ho·​mo·​pho·​bia ˌhō-mə-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce homophobia (audio)
: irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or gay people compare transphobia
homophobic adjective

Examples of homophobia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This internalized homophobia showed up in other ways, too. Amaris Ramey, Parents, 23 Mar. 2024 Such homophobia only enables the people who are still violating people in the shadows. Andre Gee, Rolling Stone, 29 Feb. 2024 His announcement was hailed as a watershed moment in a sport with a long and troubled history of entrenched homophobia, particularly in the men’s game. Chris Lau, CNN, 14 Mar. 2024 Some of Nyad’s defenders, including Yanagihara and Taylor-Smith, suggest that there is a undercurrent of sexism and possibly homophobia driving the criticism of her. Josh Rottenberg, Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2023 Ditto with discussions and acts of homophobia; Guy’s liberated, out-and-proud lifestyle nearly a century ago is a bold and refreshing portrayal of a gay man in the early 20th century. Duante Beddingfield, Detroit Free Press, 2 Feb. 2024 Pike’s Old Fashioned Soda Shop For the old soul who loves the aesthetic of a time gone by without the bitter flavor of yesteryear’s homophobia and transphobia. Joanne Spataro, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Born in El Paso, the openly gay wrestler fought to earn a place in Ciudad Juarez’s lucha scene at a time plagued with rampant homophobia. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, 21 Dec. 2023 Whale reportedly lived at the Villa with his longtime partner David Lewis, despite rampant homophobia in Hollywood. Hadley Meares, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1964, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of homophobia was in 1964

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Cite this Entry

“Homophobia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homophobia. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

homophobia

noun
ho·​mo·​pho·​bia ˌhō-mə-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce homophobia (audio)
: irrational fear or dislike of or prejudice against homosexuality or homosexuals
homophobic adjective

Medical Definition

homophobia

noun
ho·​mo·​pho·​bia ˌhō-mə-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce homophobia (audio)
: irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or gay people
homophobe noun
homophobic adjective
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