[ 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
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 .
OTHER WORDS FROM homophobiaho·mo·pho·bic, adjective
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How to use homophobia in a sentence
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Instead he resorted to Homophobic Madness, the reflexive athlete comfort zone.
British Dictionary definitions for homophobia
/ (ˌhəʊməʊˈfəʊbɪə) /
intense hatred or fear of homosexuals or homosexuality
Derived forms of homophobiahomophobe, nounhomophobic, adjective
Word Origin for homophobia
C20: from homo (sexual) + -phobia
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