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 In Germany, the far-right has been accused of stirring homophobia in recent years. Rick Noack, chicagotribune.com, "Same-sex penguin couples keep adopting eggs. Some are delighted, others angry," 14 Aug. 2019 In Germany, the far-right has been accused of stirring homophobia in recent years. Rick Noack, The Denver Post, "Gay penguins at Berlin Zoo are latest couple to adopt abandoned egg," 14 Aug. 2019 So why are Black folks the only ones thus far being truly challenged to confront homophobia within our community with respect to presidential politics? Michael Arceneaux, Essence, "Opinion: Pete Buttigieg Will Have To Deal With Homophobia In Every Community, Not Just The Black One," 24 July 2019 In France, Nice's recent 2-1 defeat to Marseille saw numerous displays of homophobia from fans, which resulted in the game being halted on a number of occasions. SI.com, "Antoine Griezmann Insists Games Should Be Stopped if Racist or Homophobic Chanting Is Heard," 11 Sep. 2019 Yors, now 27 and living in New York City, grew up in the small rural town of Jujuy in Argentina, a country known for vibrant music, Evita, and a penchant for machismo culture and blatant homophobia. Alex Blynn, Billboard, "Baby Yors Describes Emotional Live Performance of 'Mother' & Growing Up Queer in Argentina," 23 Aug. 2019 Now there are few places where xenophobia, homophobia, religious and/or racist attacks do not, at some point, become part of our daily discourse. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: FYI to new students: This state needs better accountants," 1 Sep. 2019 Tyler, the Creator has largely cast away the casual homophobia, sexism, lurid violence and cynicism that characterized his time with the Odd Future collective. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Top Baltimore arts events for fall 2019," 29 Aug. 2019 The panel also touched on homophobia in the black community and how that causes anti-gay crimes and suicides of LGBTQ people. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "LGBTQ panel at NAACP convention takes aim at anti-gay crimes, homophobia," 21 July 2019

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First Known Use of homophobia

1969, in the meaning defined above

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25 Oct 2019

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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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