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 Societal change is a slower process, and Ukrainian activists have few illusions about undoing the homophobia that is deeply entrenched here. Max Bearak, Washington Post, 10 June 2022 The homophobia Yamilet and her brother Cesar grow up around seeps its way in. Eva Recinos, ELLE, 2 June 2022 The two boys are kept apart by forces as vehement as the antipathy between the Montagues and Capulets, and just as wasteful: the hatred between Protestants and Catholics, for one, but the homophobia of their fathers and brothers, too. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2022 Twitter, replying with memes that poke fun at his homophobia and pointing out his apparent self-contradiction. Jude Zhu, Billboard, 5 Apr. 2022 DeBose is visible proof that Latinos come in all colors, and her newfound stardom may help chip away at the homophobia and colorism that persist within the Latino community. Raul A. Reyes, CNN, 28 Mar. 2022 Meanwhile, Indian social media users called out the homophobia among the country’s political class. Niharika Sharma, Quartz, 6 Feb. 2022 During the show, two men opened up about experiencing homophobia from religious family members and their relationship to their faith. NBC News, 14 Dec. 2021 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 See More

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First Known Use of homophobia

1964, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jun 2022

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“Homophobia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homophobia. Accessed 27 Jun. 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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