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 gay people — compare transphobia

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Other Words from homophobia

homophobic \ ˌhō-​mə-​ˈfō-​bik How to pronounce homophobia (audio) \ adjective

Examples of homophobia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That slam provided cover for their latent homophobia. Armond White, National Review, "Shoplifters of the World — Teenage Rebellion, in a Generous Light," 26 Mar. 2021 The series' portrayal of the devastating homophobia of the government, medical system and society at the time is a biting indictment of those complicit in the epidemic that cost so many lives. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: HBO Max's AIDS crisis drama 'It's A Sin' is the best show of 2021 so far," 22 Feb. 2021 The increasing homophobia has had a chilling effect on Hungary’s LGBTQ community. NBC News, "As the pandemic rages, Hungary ramps up anti-LGBTQ legislation," 23 Nov. 2020 His dual experiences last month — the homophobia, the understanding — were top of mind this week as Meyer put in his final miles. Bob Timmons, Star Tribune, "Wrapped in a running adventure, a message that outdoors is for everyone," 8 Oct. 2020 After a perfunctory police investigation that yielded no arrests, many questions still remain about the role of the industry’s own homophobia in failing to protect him. New York Times, "The World According to," 31 Jan. 2020 The story of the wealthy Rose family, who lost their video rental chain fortune through no fault of their own, was notable for taking place in a working-class town without bigotry or homophobia. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Schitt's Creek Season 6 Just Dropped on Netflix Early," 3 Oct. 2020 My anxiety over the question of my bisexuality, combined with the obvious homophobia in my local Indian community and my own family, eventually spilled into all aspects of my life. Ananya, refinery29.com, "It Took My Breakup To Make Me See The Bi Label Wasn’t Right For Me," 28 Sep. 2020 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

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First Known Use of homophobia

1964, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of homophobia was in 1964

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10 Apr 2021

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“Homophobia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homophobia. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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 gay people

Other Words from homophobia

homophobe \ ˈhō-​mə-​ˌfōb How to pronounce homophobia (audio) \ noun
homophobic \ ˌhō-​mə-​ˈfō-​bik How to pronounce homophobia (audio) \ adjective

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