homophobia

noun

ho·​mo·​pho·​bia ˌhō-mə-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce homophobia (audio)
: irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or gay people compare transphobia
homophobic adjective

Examples of homophobia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the cannabis industry, homophobia can be particularly prevalent. Red Rodriguez, Rolling Stone, 21 June 2024 Right-wingers have used Clark not only to race-bait but to stir homophobia. Karen Attiah, Washington Post, 21 June 2024 Aaaaand, of course, the celebration has already been cut short thanks to a frustrating mix of homophobia, misogynoir, and book purists. Aja Romano, Vox, 18 June 2024 In a deeply religious and conservative Nigeria, where LGBTQ people suffer extremely high levels of homophobia, intolerance, and even violence, Lagos Fashion Week quickly established itself as an inclusive space for marginalized communities and unconventional brands to be seen and heard. Bolaji Akinwande, CNN, 13 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for homophobia 

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Word History

First Known Use

1964, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of homophobia was in 1964

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Cite this Entry

“Homophobia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homophobia. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

homophobia

noun
ho·​mo·​pho·​bia ˌhō-mə-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce homophobia (audio)
: irrational fear or dislike of or prejudice against homosexuality or gay people
homophobic adjective

Medical Definition

homophobia

noun
ho·​mo·​pho·​bia ˌhō-mə-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce homophobia (audio)
: irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or gay people
homophobe noun
homophobic adjective
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