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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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 Even the popular sitcom FRIENDS was riddled with casual and sometimes blatant homophobia. Apoorva Malhotra, Quartz India, "A personal account of what it means to be gay in India," 17 July 2019 In 2012 a popular gay bar in suburban Chicago was destroyed by fire, and the owner cited homophobia as the reason. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "Hate Crime Hoaxes Are More Common Than You Think," 25 June 2019 By bringing the party—along with the politics—into the streets in broad daylight, pride fought against homophobia. Laurie Marhoefer, Quartz, "From gay Nazis to “we’re here, we’re queer”: A century of arguing about gay pride," 20 June 2019 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

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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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