[ hoh-muh-foh-bee-uh ]
/ ˌhoʊ məˈfoʊ bi ə /
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an aversion or hostility to, disdain for, or fear of gay sexual orientation or gay people.



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Origin of homophobia

First recorded in 1960–65; homo(sexual) + -phobia; popularized by the American psychologist George Weinberg (1929–2017); an earlier sense “fear of men or humankind” was first recorded in the 1920s, from Latin homō “man, human being” + -phobia

usage note for homophobia

The combining form -phobia is used in some words that describe intolerance toward a group of people as defined by nationality, ancestry, sexual identity or orientation, creed, or race: homophobia , Islamophobia , transphobia . Though there is an element of fear when interacting with the unknown or the Other, words in this category are not primarily about anxiety; rather, these terms are commonly associated with hatred or disgust. The use of -phobia words to indicate hostility toward groups of people is therefore frequently criticized. Advocates and activists representing these groups recommend using the prefix anti- instead, in words such as antigay , anti-Islam , antitrans .


ho·mo·pho·bic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for homophobia

/ (ˌhəʊməʊˈfəʊbɪə) /


intense hatred or fear of homosexuals or homosexuality

Derived forms of homophobia

homophobe, nounhomophobic, adjective

Word Origin for homophobia

C20: from homo (sexual) + -phobia
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