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homophobia

Definition of Homophobia

(noun) Irrational fear of or prejudice against individuals who are or perceived to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, and other non-heterosexual people.

Homophobia Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: ho·mo·pho·bi·a

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˌhoʊməˈfoʊbiə/
  • British English – /ˌhəʊməˈfəʊbɪə/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: homophobias
  • A (noun) homophobe is (adjective) homophobic and acts (adverb) homophobically.

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Cite the Definition of Homophobia

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “homophobia.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved November 22, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/homophobia/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

homophobia. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/homophobia/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “homophobia.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed November 22, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/homophobia/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“homophobia.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 22 Nov. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/homophobia/>.