homosexuality

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EtymologyEdit

From homosexual +‎ -ity or homo- +‎ sexuality (late 19th century)

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  • Rhymes: -ælɪti

NounEdit

homosexuality (usually uncountable, plural homosexualities)

  1. The state of being sexually attracted primarily or exclusively to persons of the same sex.
    • 1892 April 2, “Hereditary Insanity: This is What Dr. Comstock Says Alice Mitchell Has”, in Memphis Appeal-Avalanche[1], Memphis, TN, page 1:
      Some of the experts have gone into the question of homosexuality with great care, and advanced sundry learned and scientific theories in regard to that abnormal condition.
  2. Sexual activity with a person of the same sex.

Usage notesEdit

Homosexuality in women is also known as lesbianism. As homosexuality applies to people of either sex, the expression homosexuality and lesbianism is redundant and is best replaced by homosexuality or lesbianism alone as appropriate. Different cultural constructions of same-sex love are collectively referred to as homosexualities.

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