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 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 Using eye-popping geometric shapes that capture viewers’ attention, painter Nina Chanel Abney tackles important contemporary topics like gender, race, politics and homophobia in her artwork. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian Magazine, "Eight Online Exhibits to See Right Now on Black History, Racism and Protest," 30 June 2020 The decentralized structure of the current movement builds on this history of grassroots activism while working to avoid replicating the entrenched sexism and homophobia of an earlier era. Sarah Silkey, The Conversation, "There are many leaders of today’s protest movement – just like the civil rights movement," 7 July 2020 Given the homophobia of the past — and present, in some areas — the two hid their relationship. Ariana Brockington, refinery29.com, "After Decades Of Hiding Her Truth, A Secret Love’s Pat Henschel Is Back Home," 29 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of homophobia

1964, in the meaning defined above

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12 Sep 2020

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“Homophobia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homophobia. Accessed 19 Sep. 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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