homosexual

adjective
ho·​mo·​sex·​u·​al | \ˌhō-mə-ˈsek-sh(ə-)wəl, -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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Robbins had joined the Communist Party as a young man, in the early 1940s, but he was terrified by threats, from Ed Sullivan among others, to reveal his homosexual activity. Joel Lobenthal, WSJ, "‘Jerome Robbins: A Life in Dance’ Review: Between Two Traditions," 11 Oct. 2018 The show long celebrated love in any form: heterosexual, homosexual, polyamorous or something else, and the finale doesn't disappoint. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: Netflix's wonderful and weird 'Sense8' gets a pitch-perfect ending (and an orgy)," 8 June 2018 Despite that seemingly welcoming message, in 2015, when it was revealed that the leader of Hillsong's choir in New York was in a homosexual relationship with a singer, Brian Houston announced that the church was against the relationship. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "What You Need to Know About Hillsong Church and the Celebs Who Attend It," 3 Aug. 2018 Thank God this straight-ass show is being fueled with some homosexual energy. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Bachelorette Season 14 Episode 8 Recap: Hometowns Bring the Drama," 16 July 2018 That report recommended public statutes should avoid legislating morality, and that the government should remove consensual homosexual liaisons from criminal law. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "The True Story of “A Very English Scandal” and the Trials of a Closeted Gay Politician," 27 June 2018 Items on display include three pink-triangle armbands worn by homosexual prisoners incarcerated at the Buchenwald concentration camp, near Weimar, Germany. Lisa J. Huriash, southflorida.com, "Museum documents persecution of gays in Nazi Germany," 10 July 2018 Some who have experienced them report being forced to ingest nausea-inducing drugs and subjected to electroshock therapy while viewing homoerotic images, practices designed to condition a negative reaction to their homosexual feelings. Robbie Short, SFChronicle.com, "‘Conversion therapy’ for gays would be sharply limited under California bill," 1 July 2018 Its continuance as precedent demeans the lives of homosexual persons. Joe Palazzolo, WSJ, "Justice Kennedy’s Biggest Moments," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

However, many homosexuals hide their sexuality, even from their families, because of a fear of prejudice at school or work in a country where pressure for conformity is strong. Fox News, "Petition demands Japanese lawmaker apologize for LGBT remark," 31 Aug. 2018 One study, by Cara MacInnis and Gordon Hodson, found that vegans are viewed more negatively than atheists, immigrants, homosexuals, and asexuals. Abigail Higgins, Vox, "Why do people hate vegans so much?," 3 Nov. 2018 Most of the Islamic world now ignores ancient calls to jihad, concubinage or the execution of apostates and homosexuals. Bartle Bull, WSJ, "‘Crusade and Jihad’ Review: Conquest and Conquerors," 26 Aug. 2018 Himmler also commanded the German secret police, the Gestapo, and established the system of prison and concentration camps in which more than 6 million people — primarily Jews but also Roma (or Gypsies), homosexuals and others — would perish. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Gudrun Burwitz, ever-loyal daughter of Nazi mastermind Heinrich Himmler, dies at 88," 30 June 2018 In Old Testament times, God commanded that homosexuals be put to death. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Slaves, Dinosaurs and White Jesus, Oh My! How Taxpayers Fund Crazy Christian Conservative Education," 12 June 2018 Himmler also commanded the German secret police, the Gestapo, and established the system of prison and concentration camps in which more than 6 million people — primarily Jews but also Roma, homosexuals, and others — would perish. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Gudrun Burwitz, ever-loyal daughter of Nazi mastermind Heinrich Himmler, dies at 88," 11 July 2018 In 1967, New York State courts, ruling on two suits filed by bars, struck down theories that homosexuals were inherently disorderly, effectively ending the liquor authority practice of using gay patronage as an excuse for revoking licenses. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Dick Leitsch, Whose ‘Sip-In’ Was a Gay Rights Milestone, Dies at 83," 22 June 2018 Ahead of the intellectual currents of his day, Heath photographed a wide variety of subjects including African-Americans, homosexuals, and mixed-race couples. Jeremy Hallock, star-telegram, "Black and white photography master Dave Heath brings 'Solitude' to the Amon Carter," 20 June 2018

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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

: 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 \

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 sense 1a

2 : of, relating to, or involving sexual intercourse between persons of the same sex — compare heterosexual sense 1b

Other Words from homosexual

homosexually \-​ē \ adverb

homosexual

noun

Medical Definition of homosexual (Entry 2 of 2)

: a homosexual person and especially a male

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