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 paragraph below : sexual activity with another of the same sex

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 Outside of those contexts, however, the word can be seen as evoking negative stereotypes and outdated clinical understandings of homosexuality as a psychiatric condition.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 His presence in the city, his homosexuality and his feelings of liminality provided a crucial background against which to understand my own. New York Times, 12 May 2022 Bild newspaper there are only two punishments for homosexuality: stoning or standing behind a wall that fall down on him. Robert Hart, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2022 The most pressing love interest involves Isaac ( Brandon Scott Jones ), a Revolutionary War officer who continues to hide his homosexuality 245 years after dying of dysentery. John Jurgensen, WSJ, 22 Apr. 2022 Cultural attitudes in society towards homosexuality are a literal life or death problem. NBC News, 11 May 2021 Another example Mackey shared is if a child wants to discuss a sermon the child heard where the preacher spoke against homosexuality. J.d. Crowe | Jdcrowe@al.com, al, 13 Apr. 2022 The letter listed passages from the Old and New testaments interpreted to be against homosexuality or transgender identities. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 10 Apr. 2022 This surprising description could perhaps also be applied to Tóibín, a prolific critic and novelist whose work candidly interrogates many of the themes also found in Almodóvar’s films: Catholicism, homosexuality, and masculinity. Jazz Boothby, The New York Review of Books, 9 Apr. 2022 This may reveal that moral qualms about homosexuality consistent with the teachings of the country's biggest religions are more commonplace than thought in post-Obergefell America. W. James Antle Iii, The Week, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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15 May 2022

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“Homosexuality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homosexuality. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for homosexuality


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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