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

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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 The 75 artists in the show dwell on issues ranging from gun violence to racial bigotry, mass incarceration, homophobia and hostility to immigration in works that inspire empathy, indict the powerful and spark a good deal of soul-searching. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "2019 Whitney Biennial filled with anxiety-ridden artworks that inspire empathy, indict the powerful," 18 Aug. 2019 As the story unfolded that the murder was related to homophobia and anti-Semitism, well then the anger in the community and the anxiety ratcheted up. CBS News, "Blaze Bernstein murder: Was an Ivy League student slain in the name of hate?," 20 July 2019 It was praised for its blend of sharp humor and tackling of topical subjects like domestic abuse, homophobia and feminism. Sandra Gonzalez, CNN, "'Designing Women' will now stream on Hulu," 26 July 2019 In some ways, that may be strategic—homophobia is real and can be business-ruining—but for those of us seeking out LGBTQ+ owned businesses to support while on the road, the absence of information can be challenging, if not wholly discouraging. Melissa Kravitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Importance of Visiting LGBTQ+ Businesses While Traveling," 25 June 2019 That somehow continues to get lost in the narrative about how homophobia can hurt Pete Buttigieg’s historic run. Michael Arceneaux, Essence, "Opinion: Pete Buttigieg Will Have To Deal With Homophobia In Every Community, Not Just The Black One," 24 July 2019

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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 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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