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homophile

[hoh-muh-fahyl]
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noun
  1. a homosexual.
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adjective
  1. advocating or supportive of the interests, civil rights, and welfare of homosexuals; gay: a homophile activist organization.
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Origin of homophile

1955–60; homo- + -phile, on the model of homosexual
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British Dictionary definitions for homophile

homophile

noun
  1. a rare word for homosexual
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Word Origin and History for homophile

n.

1960, from homo- (2) "homosexual" + -phile. An attempt to coin a word for a homosexual person as part of a social group, rather than a sexual deviant.

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