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Line breaks: homo|pho¦bia
Pronunciation: /ˌhɒməˈfəʊbɪə
, ˌhəʊmə-/

Definition of homophobia in English:


[mass noun]
Dislike of or prejudice against homosexual people.
Example sentences
  • Acts of racism, homophobia, xenophobia or just plain discrimination happen all the time.
  • It was a time of rampant discrimination, racism, homophobia and sexism.
  • Strategies to confront class inequality, sexism, racism and homophobia started to be discussed.


1960s: from homosexual + -phobia.



Pronunciation: /ˈhɒm-, ˈhəʊm-/
Example sentences
  • I would suggest, right now, that if you are a liberal, you should avoid doing business with racists, homophobes and sexists.
  • Some speculate that Northern Ireland's legacy of violence makes it unusually fertile ground for racists and homophobes.
  • Not all opponents of the bill are homophobes and bigots.


Pronunciation: /-ˈfəʊbɪk/
Example sentences
  • No sexist, homophobic or racist behaviour in meetings or at the centre is tolerated.
  • Victims of hate crimes in Bradford are getting help in a pioneering scheme to clamp down on racial and homophobic incidents.
  • There are lots of reasons why people haven't come forward in the past to report racial or homophobic incidents.

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