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 gay people — compare transphobia

Other Words from homophobia

homophobic \ ˌhō-​mə-​ˈfō-​bik How to pronounce homophobia (audio) \ adjective

Examples of homophobia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Heather Dubrow and her daughter Max are opening up about navigating the tricky waters of latent homophobia in their community and circles after Max came out as bisexual. Charlotte Triggs, PEOPLE.com, 3 Dec. 2021 Cindy Warner sued Amazon in May, alleging pay discrimination and sexism and homophobia at Amazon Web Services. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, 17 Nov. 2021 There’s a death throe going on for white supremacy and patriarchy and homophobia and antisemitism. The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 Nov. 2021 Never shying away from tougher topics such as depression, anxiety, loneliness and homophobia, Montero tells the story of a star who skyrocketed to fame, coming to terms with the simultaneous ubiquity and isolation of his stardom. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 17 Sep. 2021 Quietly but assertively defying Lady Catherine de Bourgh’s homophobia, Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley marry and settle down together at Pemberley. Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2021 Historically, there has been a lot of homophobia in the hip-hop world. William Earl, Variety, 1 Sep. 2021 Quietly but assertively defying Lady Catherine de Bourgh’s homophobia, Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley marry and settle down together at Pemberley. Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2021 After four seasons spent using George’s homophobia as a character flaw, the show wholeheartedly embraces gay panic as a plot device to a nonsensical, largely unfunny degree. Larry Fitzmaurice, Vulture, 1 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of homophobia

1964, in the meaning defined above

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6 Dec 2021

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“Homophobia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homophobia. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for homophobia

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 gay people

Other Words from homophobia

homophobe \ ˈhō-​mə-​ˌfōb How to pronounce homophobia (audio) \ noun
homophobic \ ˌhō-​mə-​ˈfō-​bik How to pronounce homophobia (audio) \ adjective

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