Definition of homosexual in English:


Syllabification: ho·mo·sex·u·al
Pronunciation: /ˌhōməˈsekSH(əw)əl


1(Of a person) sexually attracted to people of one’s own sex.
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  • After the Righter trial, the way was open for bishops to ordain sexually active homosexual persons if they so chose.
  • Baker became the first jazz musician to attract a strong homosexual following.
  • According to the police, he posted the photos in an effort to attract homosexual admirers.
1.1Involving or characterized by sexual attraction between people of the same sex: homosexual desire
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  • As the most honest revisionists admit, the Bible has nothing good to say about homosexual sexual acts.
  • Britain had decriminalized homosexual acts in private between consenting adults in the Sexual Offenses Act 1967.
  • Sexual temptation, including homosexual temptation, is not sinful.


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A person who is sexually attracted to people of their own sex.
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  • As in other parts of the world, this issue also concerns homosexuals and lesbians.
  • No longer can homosexuals or lesbians be stigmatized as sexual deviants by the law.
  • Ministers have decided to give homosexuals the same protection as that enjoyed by ethnic minorities and the disabled.
informal queer, queen, dyke, butch, femme
literary Uranian


late 19th century: from homo- 'same' + sexual.



Pronunciation: /-ˌsekSHo͞oˈalitē/
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  • Some even try to hide their homosexuality by badmouthing gays and lesbians generally.
  • For many countries in the Middle East, homosexuality is regarded as an extreme sin.
  • This is why we have not had endless referendums on capital punishment, abortion and homosexuality.


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  • As I may be heterosexually hard-wired, you may be hard-wired homosexually.
  • Of these, only 5% reported being homosexually active in the past year.
  • In a sample of 930 homosexually active men, Hickson et al. reported that 27.6% had been subjected to unwanted sexual contact at some point in their lives.

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