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 Outside of those contexts, however, the word can be seen as evoking negative stereotypes and outdated clinical understandings of homosexuality as a psychiatric condition.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 During debate, some Baptists criticized the consulting firm that conducted the report, Guidepost Solutions, for its recent tweet in support of Pride month, which goes against the SBC's view that homosexuality is sinful. CBS News, 14 June 2022 The film, which was acquired for sales by LevelK in 2020, has a daring conceit, turning on an all-male school, St. Sebastian Academy, where homosexuality is the norm among students. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 8 June 2022 The couple's time together (until her death in 1978) was tumultuous, marked by Bernstein's private struggles with his homosexuality. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 31 May 2022 Under that law, the Army Act, homosexuality is still punishable by up to 10 years in prison. NBC News, 3 Mar. 2022 Earlier this month, Christian Academy of Louisville was outed on Twitter for assigning students to write a letter to convince an imaginary friend to reject homosexuality. Rae Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 25 May 2022 Sadly, violence and fear among LGBTQ+ people are commonplace in South Korea, where homosexuality is still considered taboo and a divisive issue between the older and younger generations. Jeff Benjamin, Billboard, 11 May 2022 Though Fryer wouldn’t come out as Dr. Anonymous to the APA for another 20 years, homosexuality as a mental disorder was removed from the DSM in 1973. NBC News, 2 May 2022 Historically, Islamic scholars have viewed homosexuality as sinful and many still continue to believe that. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, 28 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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20 Jun 2022

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