homosexual

adjective
ho·​mo·​sex·​u·​al | \ ˌhō-mə-ˈsek-sh(ə-)wəl How to pronounce homosexual (audio) , -ˈsek-shəl\

Definition of homosexual

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or characterized by a tendency to direct sexual desire toward another of the same sex : gay a homosexual man was involved in a homosexual relationship
2 : of, relating to, or involving sexual activity between persons of the same sex homosexual acts

homosexual

noun

Definition of homosexual (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who is sexually attracted to people of the same sex : a homosexual (see homosexual entry 1) person and especially a male

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Other Words from homosexual

Adjective

homosexually adverb

Examples of homosexual in a Sentence

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The researchers also tested whether the genetic correlations of homosexual behavior correlated with anything else. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "The genetics of sexual orientation are about as complex as sexual orientation," 30 Aug. 2019 It was written after the authors heard from parents and teachers looking for a child-friendly way to explain homosexual behavior. Rick Noack, chicagotribune.com, "Same-sex penguin couples keep adopting eggs. Some are delighted, others angry," 14 Aug. 2019 It was written after the authors heard from parents and teachers looking for a child-friendly way to explain homosexual behavior. Rick Noack, The Denver Post, "Gay penguins at Berlin Zoo are latest couple to adopt abandoned egg," 14 Aug. 2019 Yet being homosexual in the scene is very much taboo. Alex Blynn, Billboard, "Che Apalache's Joe Troop on Being Out in the Bluegrass Community: 'It's Very Much Taboo'," 6 Aug. 2019 But the homosexual-panic defense did not formally appear in legal opinions until the nineteen-sixties. Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker, "The End of the Gay-Panic Legal Defense," 8 July 2019 Last year, Weibo banned homosexual content, which the authorities deemed unwholesome. Youyou Zhou, Quartz, "China’s fan-girl culture is mobilizing against the Hong Kong protests," 18 Aug. 2019 In a previous blog post, Jigsaw said the technique helped reduce unintended bias in its Perspective tool that may impact people who identity as gay, homosexual, or black. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Google’s Hate Speech Detection A.I. Has a Racial Bias Problem," 16 Aug. 2019 An Army sergeant pursues his homosexual feeling for a young private in 1950s France. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But as the battle went on, and as the character of the homosexual was being redrawn in revolt, 1981 brought about the first cases of the AIDS epidemic. Moisés Kaufman, New York Times, "Moisés Kaufman: A Dangerous Euphoria," 16 June 2019 White heterosexual males are frequently insensitive to the subtle ways females, homosexuals and minorities are denigrated and disparaged. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Your Say: Racism in America," 26 July 2019 Peters had been a guest at The Ark and the Aryan Nations, lecturing on the end of the world, and his hatred for Jews and homosexuals. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Chapter Five: The Remnant," 20 July 2019 White males, 18 to 34, are the most likely to see disco as the product of homosexuals, blacks and Latins. Joe Lapointe, Detroit Free Press, "40 years ago, Disco Demolition Night stirred culture war still being fought," 12 July 2019 The portrayals of hipster counterculture seem dated, as do the caricatured renderings of homosexuals. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: The Great Migration North," 28 June 2019 The following year, members of the Gay Liberation Front picketed police headquarters on Market Street protesting police harassment of homosexuals. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: San Diego Pride has a long history," 28 June 2019 Police say Bowles confessed to the killing after his arrest and professed hatred for homosexuals. Fox News, "August execution set for Florida killer who targeted gay men," 12 June 2019 The event also remembered male homosexuals who were forced to war a pink triangle in work camps under the Nazi regime and commemorated the third anniversary of the shooting tragedy at Pulse, an Orlando gay nightclub. Sergio Carmona, sun-sentinel.com, "South Florida synagogues celebrate LGBTQIA community," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of homosexual

Adjective

1891, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1892, in the meaning defined above

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homosexual

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of homosexual

somewhat formal
: sexually attracted to people of the same sex
: based on or showing a sexual attraction to people of the same sex

homosexual

adjective
ho·​mo·​sex·​u·​al | \ ˌhō-mə-ˈseksh-(ə-)wəl, -ˈsek-shəl How to pronounce homosexual (audio) \

Medical Definition of homosexual

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or characterized by a tendency to direct sexual desire toward another of the same sex — compare heterosexual entry 1 sense 1a
2 : of, relating to, or involving sexual intercourse between persons of the same sex — compare heterosexual entry 1 sense 1b

Other Words from homosexual

homosexually \ -​ē How to pronounce homosexually (audio) \ adverb

homosexual

noun

Medical Definition of homosexual (Entry 2 of 2)

: a homosexual person and especially a male

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