- Older Use: Sometimes Disparaging. sexually attracted to members of one's own sex: homosexual students.
- Older Use: Sometimes Disparaging. of or relating to sexual desire or behavior directed toward members of one's own sex: the homosexual subculture.
- Archaic. of, relating to, or noting the same sex: pregnant with homosexual twins.
- Older Use: Sometimes Disparaging. a homosexual person.
Origin of homosexual
Examples from the Web for homosexual
Homosexual acts come naturally to them, heterosexual acts do not.The Vatican's Same-Sex Synod: The Bishops Hear About Reality. Do They Listen?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 12, 2014
Okay, but still, “Homosexual persons are called to chastity.”Catholic University’s Harvey Milk Ban Reflects A Church In Transition
October 3, 2014
Homosexual conduct between consenting adults is legal in Turkey, but far from accepted.Turkey’s Violent Homophobia
July 1, 2013
In March 2009, Lively arrived in Uganda to headline the “Seminar on Exposing the Homosexual Agenda.”Ugandan Gay-Rights Group Sues U.S. Pastor
January 27, 2013
Stanley Kauffman in the Times complained of “Homosexual Drama and Its Disguises.”How Gossip Became History: Eminent Outlaws by Christopher Bram
January 29, 2012
Homosexual practices everywhere flourish and abound in prisons.
Homosexual relationships are also a cause of suicide among women.
Homosexual intimacies between girls are far more often platonic than similar intimacies between boys.The Sexual Life of the Child
Homosexual Eros has a different finality than heterosexual Eros.The Civilization of Illiteracy
Homosexual choice of object is originally more natural to narcism than the heterosexual.A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis
- a person who is sexually attracted to members of the same sex
- of or relating to homosexuals or homosexuality
- of or relating to the same sex
Word Origin and History for homosexual
1892, in C.G. Chaddock's translation of Krafft-Ebing's "Psychopathia Sexualis," from German homosexual, homosexuale (by 1880, in Gustav Jäger), from homo-, comb. form of Greek homos "same" (see homo- (1)) + Latin-based sexual.
"Homosexual" is a barbarously hybrid word, and I claim no responsibility for it. It is, however, convenient, and now widely used. "Homogenic" has been suggested as a substitute. [H. Havelock Ellis, "Studies in Psychology," 1897]
Sexual inversion (1883) was an earlier clinical term for it in English. The noun is recorded by 1895. In technical use, either male or female; but in non-technical use almost always male. Slang shortened form homo first attested 1929.
- Of, relating to, or having a sexual orientation to persons of the same sex.
- A homosexual person; a gay man or a lesbian.