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 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 Some academics argue this is due to the homophobia of the time. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Bayard Rustin, a gay civil rights leader arrested for having sex with men, is pardoned 67 years later," 5 Feb. 2020 But instead of seizing the means of production or nationalizing Spanish industry, the governing Spanish Socialist Workers’ party (PSOE) is waging war on homophobia. John Hirschauer, National Review, "In Spain, Compulsory Sex Education for Primary-School Children," 27 Jan. 2020 In the past two months, hate speech, sexism and homophobia has been amplified in the country. Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, Essence, "Evangelicals Target Ghana In The ‘Year Of Return’," 18 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of homophobia

1964, in the meaning defined above

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23 May 2020

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“Homophobia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homophobia. Accessed 2 Jun. 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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