homosexual

See also: homosexuál

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from German Homosexual, from homo- (same) + sexual (relating to sex or sexuality), coined by Karl-Maria Kertbeny in 1869, and popularized in Richard von Krafft-Ebing's 1886 Psychopathia Sexualis (in German) and Charles Gilbert Chaddock's 1892 English translation thereof (compare bisexual), displacing the slightly older term Uranian. Equivalent to homo- +‎ -sexual.

PronunciationEdit

  • (Received Pronunciation):
    • IPA(key): /ˌhɒməʊˈsɛksjuːəl/, /ˌhɒməʊˈsɛkʃuːəl/
    • IPA(key): /ˌhəʊməʊˈsɛksjuːəl/, /ˌhəʊməʊˈsɛkʃuːəl/
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  • (US):
    • enPR: hō'mə-sĕkʹsho͞o-əl, hō'mō-sĕkʹsho͞o-əl, IPA(key): /ˌhoʊməˈsɛkʃuːəl/, /ˌhoʊmoʊˈsɛkʃuːəl/
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AdjectiveEdit

homosexual (comparative more homosexual, superlative most homosexual)

  1. (of a person or animal) Sexually (and/or romantically) attracted to members of the same sex, for example, like a man who is attracted to men or a woman who is attracted to women. (Sometimes used in the sense of sole/exclusive attraction.)
    • 1983, Michael W. Ross, Homosexuality and Social Sex Roles:
      "Significant results indicate that Swedes would choose a more masculine partner the more homosexual they are, and that Finns would choose a more attractive partner the more homosexual they are."
  2. (of a romantic or sexual act or relationship) Between two people of the same sex; gay.
    My sister is currently in a homosexual relationship with a girl in her class.
    homosexual acts, a homosexual kiss
  3. Intended for or used by homosexuals, as a nightclub, a bar, etc.

Usage notesEdit

  • Many style guides[1] and many gay people[2] recommend against the use of the word "homosexual" because of its clinical and sometimes pejorative connotations, preferring the terms gay and (for women) lesbian, and relationship descriptors like "same-sex relationship". Many consider it particularly pejorative when it is used as a noun, and prefer "gay man", "gay woman" (or "lesbian").
  • The first part of the word derives from the Greek word for "same", which is traditionally pronounced /ˈhɒməʊ/, unlike the Latin word homo (man, human being), which is pronounced /ˈhəʊməʊ/ (RP). However, it is much more common to pronounce the first vowel as /əʊ/ (RP) / /oʊ/ (US) than as /ɒ/.

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NounEdit

homosexual (plural homosexuals)

  1. A person who is sexually attracted solely or primarily to others of the same sex.
    • 1963, John Rechy, City of Night (page 48)
      Soon, we got up, walked around the west side — toward the "meat rack" — the gay part of the park. There, it was as if someone had hung a line of marionettes on the railing: the lonesome young homosexuals, legs dangling, looking, waiting for that one-night's sexual connection...
    • 1997, The Advocate (number 742, page 9)
      It was unheard-of for those of us who are 30-something or older to have had an openly gay role model when we were young. Homosexuals weren't depicted in the media in a positive light, if at all.

Usage notesEdit

  • Many style guides and gay people advise against the use of "homosexual" as a noun; see the usage notes above.

SynonymsEdit

  • This section is divided into two tables, one containing synonyms that generally are not derogatory and one containing those that generally are. However, note that the non-derogatory terms can nonetheless be used derogatorily, and that some of the derogatory ones are often used humorously and non-derogatorily by gay people and others.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ GLAAD media reference guide, citing the AP and NYT style guides.
  2. ^ NYT article

BasqueEdit

AdjectiveEdit

homosexual (not comparable)

  1. homosexual

CatalanEdit

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

homosexual (masculine and feminine plural homosexuals)

  1. homosexual

NounEdit

homosexual m or f (plural homosexuals)

  1. homosexual

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GalicianEdit

EtymologyEdit

homo- +‎ sexual

AdjectiveEdit

homosexual m or f (plural homosexuais)

  1. homosexual
    O comportamento homosexual obsérvase con frecuencia entre os mamíferos.
    Homosexual behaviour is frequently observed among mammals.

NounEdit

homosexual m or f (plural homosexuais)

  1. homosexual

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RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

French homosexuel.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˌho.mo.sek.suˈal/

AdjectiveEdit

homosexual m or n (feminine singular homosexuală, masculine plural homosexuali, feminine and neuter plural homosexuale)

  1. homosexual
    În lumea animală se observă comportamentul homosexual relativ frecvent la mamifere și la păsări
    In the animal world, homosexual behaviour is observed relatively frequent in mammals and birds.

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NounEdit

homosexual m (plural homosexuali, feminine equivalent homosexuală)

  1. homosexual

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SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

homo- +‎ sexual

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

homosexual (plural homosexuales)

  1. homosexual
    El comportamiento homosexual se observa con frecuencia entre los mamíferos.
    Homosexual behaviour is frequently observed among mammals.

NounEdit

homosexual m or f (plural homosexuales)

  1. homosexual
    Antonym: heterosexual

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