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1. irrational fear of, aversion to, or discriminationagainst homosexuality
or homosexuals —ho·mo·phobe /'hO-m&-"fOb/ noun
fear of or antipathy toward homosexuals and homosexuality.
about homosexuals….It was a fear of homosexuals which seemed to be associated
with a fear of contagion, a fear of reducing the things one fought for
— home and family. It was a religious fear and it had
led to great brutality as fear always does.
Despite its general shortcomings etymologically, the word can be used
to describe the fear of a heterosexual that they will be approached
romantically by someone of the same sex. It also can describe the apparently
fear-based reactions of recoiling from unintentional close contact with
another male or of being in close proximity to other males in certain
situations such as while in the restroom. These are typically fear-based
reactions, but the fear is usually that of the social stigma of being
SOMETHING IRONIC ;-)
Some studies have linked deep hatred towards
homosexuality to repressed homosexual feelings.
(see "internalised homophobia" section at wikinfo)