homophobia

[ hoh-muh-foh-bee-uh ]
/ ˌhoʊ məˈfoʊ bi ə /

noun

unreasoning fear of or antipathy toward homosexuals and homosexuality.

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Origin of homophobia

First recorded in 1955–60; homo(sexual) + -phobia

OTHER WORDS FROM homophobia

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

homophobia
/ (ˌhəʊməʊˈfəʊbɪə) /

noun

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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