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Definition of "homophobia" []

  • Fear of or contempt for lesbians and gay men. (noun)
  • Behavior based on such a feeling. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "homophobia" in a sentence
  • "Certain people have suggested that the term homophobia is inappropriate because it marginalizes those that are opposed to gay marriage."
  • "The term homophobia, like the term xenophobia, has larger social implications than simply what is happening on the individual level."
  • "This brings up the second problematic aspect of using the term homophobia to describe violent or prejudicial action towards someone perceived to be gay or who does not conform to cultural expectations of sexuality."