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1. irrational fear of, aversion to, or discriminationagainst homosexuality or homosexuals —ho·mo·phobe /'hO-m&-"fOb/ noun

ho·mo·pho·bic /"hO-m&-'fO-bik/

:2. unreasoning fear of or antipathy toward homosexuals and homosexuality.

Wikipedia exerpt:

[A] phobia 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 labelled homosexual.


Ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homophobia 

Some studies have linked deep hatred towards
homosexuality to repressed homosexual feelings.
(see "internalised homophobia" section at wikinfo)

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