[het-er-uh-sek-siz-uh m]


a prejudiced attitude or discriminatory practices against homosexuals by heterosexuals.

Origin of heterosexism

Related formshet·er·o·sex·ist, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for heterosexism



discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, practised by heterosexuals against homosexuals
Derived Formsheterosexist, adjective, noun
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