A term coined by George Weinberg, in Society and the Healthy Homosexual (1972), to refer to the psychological fear of homosexuality. Scaling devices have been used to measure it, and a number of studies have pointed to the characteristic ‘homophobia personality’, after the fashion of Adorno's authoritarian personality. However, the concept is very limited as it focuses upon a psychological attribute, and tends to neglect the wider structural sources of the homosexual taboo.

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  • homophobia — hom o*pho bi*a, n. A strong dislike or fear of homosexuals, especially to an unreasonable degree. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • homophobia — ► NOUN ▪ an extreme and irrational aversion to homosexuality and homosexuals. DERIVATIVES homophobe noun homophobic adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • homophobia — [hō΄mə fō′bē ə] n. [ HOMO(SEXUAL) + PHOBIA] irrational hatred or fear of homosexuals or homosexuality homophobe [hō′məfōb΄] n. homophobic [hō΄məfō′bik] adj …   English World dictionary

  • HOMOPHOBIA — (лат.) боязнь гомосексуализма. Хотя нередко утверждалось, что homophobia личностная черта, более плодотворным является исследование социальных условий, при которых запрещается гомосексуальное поведение (в Англии и Уэльсе это произошло в 1885 г.,… …   Большой толковый социологический словарь

  • homophobia — [[t]hɒ̱məfo͟ʊbiə[/t]] N UNCOUNT Homophobia is a strong and unreasonable dislike of homosexual people, especially homosexual men …   English dictionary

  • homophobia — noun Date: 1969 irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals • homophobic adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • homophobia — homophobic, adj. /hoh meuh foh bee euh/, n. unreasoning fear of or antipathy toward homosexuals and homosexuality. [1955 60; HOMO(SEXUAL) + PHOBIA] * * * …   Universalium

  • homophobia — noun /ˌhɒ.məˈfəʊ.bi.ə,ˌhəʊ.məˈfəʊ.bi.ə/ a) Fear of homosexuals. b) Antipathy towards homosexuals. Syn: anthropophobia, homoerotophobia See Also: homophobe, homophobic …   Wiktionary

  • homophobia — Irrational fear of homosexual feelings, thoughts, behaviors, or persons. internalized h. h. occurring in a homosexual person, often associated with self loathing, self censure, and self censorship. * * * ho·mo·pho·bia .hō mə fō bē ə n irrational… …   Medical dictionary

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