homophobia

[hoh-muh-foh-bee-uh]
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noun

unreasoning fear of or antipathy toward homosexuals and homosexuality.

Nearby words

  1. homoousian,
  2. homophil,
  3. homophile,
  4. homophily,
  5. homophobe,
  6. homophobic,
  7. homophone,
  8. homophones,
  9. homophonic,
  10. homophonous

Origin of homophobia

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

Related formsho·mo·pho·bic, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for homophobic

homophobia

noun

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

Word Origin for homophobia

C20: from homo (sexual) + -phobia

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Word Origin and History for homophobic

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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