Definition of homophile in English:


Line breaks: homo|phile
Pronunciation: /ˈhɒməfʌɪl
, ˈhəʊməfʌɪl


  • 1Of or relating to homosexuals.
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    • When such a person wishes it to be known more publicly that they are homophile in orientation, but who are nevertheless committed to a life of abstinence, such a person ought to be accepted and supported by the Church in every way possible.
    • The young "newspaper of America's homophile community" added, "For the first time in nearly 2,000 years, homosexuals are back in the mainstream of the political process, stating their case before a national audience that has finally begun to listen."
    • In 1971 I took one of the first homophile courses in the country, from Lou Crompton, who was a remarkable scholar.
  • 1.1Active in supporting the rights of homosexuals: early homophile organizations
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    • Its first phase, the homophile movement, started in 1950 when several homosexual men, most former communist and progressive activists, founded the Mattachine Society in Los Angeles.
    • In the early '70s many lesbians deserted the homophile and gay liberation movements in protest against male chauvinism.
    • As the film shows, new activist organizations sprang up in the wake of the 1969 Stonewall riot, replacing the more staid "homophile" groups of the '50s.


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  • 1A homosexual person.
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    • We recognise that there are major questions to be faced concerning the attitudes to homophiles in both Church and society.
    • If you are not a homophile or comfortable with explicit language and images, better not follow that link.
    • It's now almost impossible for Dr. Ink, an obsequious homophile, to sing "Don we now our gay apparel" without thinking of reindeer in drag.
  • 1.1A person active in supporting the rights of homosexuals.
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    • New York's Gay Activists Alliance, dedicated to nonviolent protest, has provided youthful leadership for homophiles of varying ideological persuasions.
    • Homophiles conceived of sexuality as a quintessentially private domain, but to support this private right, they argued, public education was necessary.
    • Some homophiles likened George Henry, an outspoken advocate for a more compassionate but pathological view of homosexuals, to a "well-meaning lyncher".


1960s: from homosexual + -phile.

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