ho·​mo·​sex·​u·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌhō-mə-ˌsek-shə-ˈwa-lə-tē How to pronounce homosexuality (audio) \

Definition of homosexuality

1 now sometimes offensive, see usage paragraph below : sexual or romantic attraction to others of one's same sex : the quality or state of being gay
2 now sometimes offensive, see usage paragaph below : sexual activity with another of the same sex

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Usage of Homosexuality

Neutral use of the term homosexuality is still somewhat common, especially in technical and formal contexts. Outside of those contexts, however, the word can be seen as evoking negative stereotypes and outdated clinical understandings of homosexuality as a psychiatric condition.

Examples of homosexuality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The German initiative aims to rethink church teaching and practice in areas including homosexuality, priestly celibacy and the ordination of women. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Pope Francis Warns Against Division in Response to Vatican Scandals," 21 Dec. 2020 During his time as Trump's acting spy chief, Grenell engaged in an effort to review how U.S. intelligence agencies can help advance the Trump administration’s goal of decriminalizing homosexuality worldwide. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Biden mistakenly calls 'close friend' Chasten, husband of Pete Buttigieg, 'Kirsten'," 16 Dec. 2020 Even though China decriminalized homosexuality in 1997 and removed it from an official list of psychiatric disorders in 2001, discrimination persists in employment, health care and other areas. Sui-lee Wee, New York Times, "China’s Stance on Homosexuality Has Changed. Its Textbooks Haven’t.," 28 Oct. 2020 Their accounts allege systemic abuse throughout the judicial system in Egypt, one of approximately 70 countries around the globe that criminalizes homosexuality — whether explicitly or just in practice. Daniel Villarreal, NBC News, "Egyptian officials systemically abuse and torture gays, rights group says," 26 Oct. 2020 Party leaders have claimed that homosexuality is a threat to the soul of the nation, and that the secular values of the European Union are incompatible with Polish life. New York Times, "In Poland, Protests Over Abortion Ban Could Revolutionize Politics," 7 Dec. 2020 The movie centers on a lesbian high school cheerleader (played by Natasha Lyonne), whose parents send her to a conversion therapy camp to cure her homosexuality. NBC News, "Director of queer classic 'But I'm a Cheerleader' wanted to 'make a gay "Clueless"'," 4 Dec. 2020 Scholars said the school's and organization's teachings on homosexuality and treatment of LGBTQ people are harsher than those of the mainstream Catholic church. Michelle R. Smith And Michael Biesecker, Star Tribune, "Barrett was trustee at private school with anti-gay policies," 20 Oct. 2020 And the news only spread from there, being picked up by other media outlets, including Entertainment Tonight, who, according to Mitchell, led their show with the news of his possible homosexuality. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Survivor Quarantine Questionnaire: Mitchell Olson on being outed after the show," 11 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of homosexuality

1892, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of homosexuality was in 1892

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20 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Homosexuality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homosexuality. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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ho·​mo·​sex·​u·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌhō-mə-ˌsek-shə-ˈwal-ət-ē How to pronounce homosexuality (audio) \
plural homosexualities

Medical Definition of homosexuality

1 : sexual or romantic attraction to others of one's same sex : the quality or state of being gay
2 : sexual activity with another of the same sex

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