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homophobia

[hoh-muh-foh-bee-uh]
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noun
  1. unreasoning fear of or antipathy toward homosexuals and homosexuality.
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Origin of homophobia

First recorded in 1955–60; homo(sexual) + -phobia
Related formsho·mo·pho·bic, adjective
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homophobia

noun
  1. intense hatred or fear of homosexuals or homosexuality
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Derived Formshomophobe, nounhomophobic, adjective

Word Origin

C20: from homo (sexual) + -phobia
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Word Origin and History for homophobic

adj.

by 1971, from homo- (2) "homosexual" + -phobia + -ic. Related: Homophobe; homophobia (which word is said to date from 1969).

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