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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In Florida, the effects of such laws meant schools revoked any kind of support for students who are experiencing rejection, homophobia or transphobia, said Orlando Gonzales, the executive director of SAVE, an LGBTQ advocacy organization. Valeria Olivares, Dallas News, 29 Apr. 2023 The play depicts the rise of King in the sport despite rampant sexism and homophobia during the tumultuous 1960s and ‘70s. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Apr. 2023 But the schism in the MrBeast community over Tyson’s gender presentation had begun weeks earlier, thanks to generalized transphobia and homophobia among some fans. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 11 Apr. 2023 That’s not really the case with lesbian fiancees Camille and Shandra, whose lovemaking has been dampened by body-image issues, internalized homophobia and an overall confidence crisis. Washington Post, 21 Oct. 2021 Actually, some of the violence against Asian-American happening now because of coronavirus reminds me of a lot of the homophobia around AIDS and the real rage that people had towards the gay community. Christina Lee, refinery29.com, 1 June 2021 Under the agreement, Huggins and all current and future athletics coaching staff will be required to undergo training that will be developed by the university's LGBTQ+ Center to address all aspects of inequality, including homophobia, transphobia and sexism. John Raby, BostonGlobe.com, 10 May 2023 Set in Xochimilco in Mexico and fully in Spanish, La Flor Más Bella tackles some big issues in Mexican society: colorism, fatphobia, classism, familial expectations, homophobia, and the tension between Mexican and U.S. cultures. Nicole Froio, refinery29.com, 6 Mar. 2023 So the whole thing landed where the internet often does: knee-deep in homophobia and a million miles from a productive policy discussion. Sarah Stankorb, The New Republic, 1 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1964, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 10 Jun. 2023.

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 homosexuals
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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