homophobia

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  • IPA(key): /ˌhɒ.məˈfəʊ.bi.ə/, /ˌhəʊ.məˈfəʊ.bi.ə/
  • Rhymes: -əʊbiə

Etymology 1[edit]

homo- (from homosexual) +‎ -phobia, coined in 1971 by George Weinberg in Society and the Healthy Homosexual.

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homophobia (countable and uncountable, plural homophobias)

  1. Fear of, dislike of, or prejudice against homosexuals.
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  • In the 1990s, behavioral scientists William O'Donohue and Christine Caselles argued that the term homophobia was pejorative.[1] In 2012, the Associated Press Stylebook was revised to advise against using -phobia words in non-clinical ways, and AP editor Dave Minthorn suggested replacing "homophobic" with "anti-gay".[2][3]
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Etymology 2[edit]

Latin homo (man) + -phobia (fear)

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homophobia (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete, individual occurrences) A pathological fear of mankind.
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  1. ^ O'Donohue, William; Caselles, Christine (September 1993), “Homophobia: Conceptual, definitional, and value issues”, in J Psychopathol Behav Assess[1], volume 15, issue 3
  2. ^ Byers, Dylan (26 November 2012), “AP nixes 'homophobia', 'ethnic cleansing'”, in Politico[2], retrieved 12 January 2018
  3. ^ Page, Clarence (5 December 2012), “Words with negative power”, in Chicago Tribune[3], retrieved 16 December 2012