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Dictionary Definition

homophobia n : prejudice against (fear or dislike of) homosexual people and homosexuality

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  1. Latin homo-, man, + -phobia.
  2. homo-, sameness, + -phobia, fear
  3. homo-, from homosexual, + -phobia; coined in 1971 by psychologist George Weinberg in his book Society and the Healthy Homosexual.


  • /ˌhɒ.məˈfəʊ.bi.ə/,/ˌhəʊ.məˈfəʊ.bi.ə/, /%hQ.m@"f@U.bI.@/,/%h@U.m@"f@Ub.I@/
    Rhymes: -əʊbiə


  1. In the context of "obsolete|individual occurrences": A pathological fear of mankind.
  2. Fear of homosexuals or of becoming one.
  3. Antipathy towards homosexuals.

Usage notes

  • Along with some other terms ending in -phobia, homophobia (in its extant sense) is often used of antipathy as well as fear.


fear of mankind fear of homosexuality

Related terms


obsolete: pathological fear of mankind
  • Finnish: antropofobia
  • German: Anthropophobie
fear of homosexuals
  • Bosnian: homofobija
  • Bulgarian: хомофобия
  • Croatian: homofobija
  • Finnish: homofobia, homokammo (colloquial)
  • German: Homophobie
  • Italian: omofobia
  • Macedonian: хомофобија
  • Polish: homofobia
  • Russian: гомофобия
  • Serbian:
    Cyrillic: хомофобија
    Roman: homofobija
  • Slovak: homofóbia
antipathy towards homosexuals
  • Bosnian: homofobija
  • Bulgarian: хомофобия
  • Croatian: homofobija
  • Finnish: homoviha
  • German: Homophobie
  • Macedonian: хомофобија
  • Polish: homofobia
  • Russian: гомофобия
  • Serbian:
    Cyrillic: хомофобија
    Roman: homofobija
  • Slovak: homofóbia

Extensive Definition

To combat homophobia, the LGBT community uses events such as gay pride parades and political activism (See gay pride). One form of organized resistance to homophobia is the International Day Against Homophobia (or IDAHO), first celebrated May 17, 2005 in related activities in more than 40 countries.
In addition to public expression, legislation has been designed, controversially, to oppose homophobia, as in hate speech, hate crime, and laws against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
Some argue that anti-LGBT prejudice is immoral and goes above and beyond the effects on that class of people. Warren J. Blumenfeld argues that this emotion gains a dimension beyond itself, as a tool for extreme right-wing conservatives and fundamentalist religious groups and as a restricting factor on gender-relations as to the weight associated with performing each role accordingly. Furthermore, Blumenfeld in particular claimed:
''Anti-gay bias causes young people to engage in sexual behavior earlier in order to prove that they are straight. Anti-gay bias contributed significantly to the spread of the AIDS epidemic. Anti-gay bias prevents the ability of schools to create effective honest sexual education programs that would save children's lives and prevent STDs.''


See also

homophobia in Arabic: رهاب المثلية
homophobia in Breton: Homofobiezh
homophobia in Bulgarian: Хомофобия
homophobia in Catalan: Homofòbia
homophobia in Czech: Homofobie
homophobia in Danish: Homofobi
homophobia in German: Homophobie
homophobia in Estonian: Homofoobia
homophobia in Modern Greek (1453-): Ομοφοβία
homophobia in Spanish: Homofobia
homophobia in French: Homophobie
homophobia in Galician: Homofobia
homophobia in Croatian: Homofobija
homophobia in Italian: Omofobia
homophobia in Hebrew: הומופוביה
homophobia in Georgian: ჰომოფობია
homophobia in Lithuanian: Homofobija
homophobia in Hungarian: Homofóbia
homophobia in Macedonian: Хомофобија
homophobia in Dutch: Homofobie
homophobia in Japanese: ホモフォビア
homophobia in Norwegian: Homofobi
homophobia in Polish: Homofobia
homophobia in Portuguese: Homofobia
homophobia in Romanian: Homofobie
homophobia in Russian: Гомофобия
homophobia in Simple English: Homophobia
homophobia in Slovak: Homofóbia
homophobia in Slovenian: Homofobija
homophobia in Serbian: Хомофобија
homophobia in Finnish: Homofobia
homophobia in Swedish: Homofobi
homophobia in Turkish: Homofobi
homophobia in Chinese: 同性恋恐惧症
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