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 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 McNally won four Tony Awards during a career crafting plays and musicals that explored love, creativity and homophobia. CBS News, "Lives to remember: People we lost to coronavirus," 4 Apr. 2020 If battling prejudice and homophobia through song seems like a fanciful idea, the documentary is well aware of its lofty goal, which simply comes down to a mission of helping everybody get along. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Gay Chorus Deep South," 1 May 2019 While some drag daughters, as their apprentices are called, are members of the LGBTQ+ community seeking acceptance within their circles, others are allies — including one woman who successfully conquered her past homophobia. Kelsea Stahler, refinery29.com, "You’re Missing Out If You Haven’t Seen Drag Race Alum Shangela’s New HBO Show," 7 May 2020 The event gives community members space to celebrate those who are coming out as openly LGBTQ while also taking a stand against homophobia. al, "Coming out as LGBTQ in Alabama," 11 Oct. 2019 In recent years, the series has been remembered fondly for being ahead of the discourse on topics like homophobia in rap. Marcus Jones, EW.com, "HBO Max has already picked up The Boondocks reboot for two seasons and a special," 18 Sep. 2019 Ahead of the summit, attendees Kiyoko, Freedia and Tegan Quin, along with pop-rock star Adam Lambert, sat down for a video interview with Billboard to discuss their own personal experiences with homophobia in the music industry. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Adam Lambert & Hayley Kiyoko Discuss Homophobia in the Industry Ahead of Billboard Pride Summit," 5 Aug. 2019 At the height of the AIDS epidemic, the virus spread faster precisely because of ignorance and homophobia. Laurie Penny, Wired, "Panic, Pandemic, and the Body Politic," 14 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of homophobia

1964, in the meaning defined above

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6 Jun 2020

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“Homophobia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homophobia. Accessed 10 Jul. 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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