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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The police have a long history of homophobia, organizers argue. Bay City News Service, The Mercury News, "Protest over corporate, police roles blocks San Francisco Pride parade for an hour," 30 June 2019 Between those verses, though, Swift addresses the homophobia of people who turn up at gay pride events holding nasty signs. Mikael Wood, latimes.com, "Listen to Taylor Swift’s new pro-LGBTQ jam ‘You Need to Calm Down’," 14 June 2019 Explicit homophobia wasn’t rare in mainstream Hollywood at the time. Dan Kopf, Quartzy, "Before We Knew Better: Transphobia was at the very center of Ace Ventura," 31 May 2019 In an interview with NBC News, Hudson Taylor, the executive director of Athlete Ally, a group that aims to end the homophobia in sports, said Martin joins a select group of male professional athletes who came out publicly. NBC News, "Collin Martin, Major League Soccer player, says, 'I'm gay'," 29 June 2018 By the same token, the film highlights the ingrained homophobia in the Latino community. Carlos Aguilar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Unlikely friendship blossoms in ‘Papi Chulo’," 20 June 2019 The undercurrents of homophobia, sometimes obvious but often subtle, persist in film today. Dan Kopf, Quartzy, "Before We Knew Better: Transphobia was at the very center of Ace Ventura," 31 May 2019 Hart’s homophobia, like that of men from other races, is a byproduct of toxic masculinity and unfair expectations of gender performance. Ernest Owens, Vox, "What it’s like to be black and gay watching the Kevin Hart controversy unfold.," 7 Jan. 2019 There is no macho homophobia from Ernesto, who is simply nonplussed. Randy Cordova, azcentral, "In 'Papi Chulo,' a lonely weatherman and a day laborer form a delightful friendship," 10 June 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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