Meaning of homosexual in English:

homosexual

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adjective

  • 1Sexually attracted to people of one's own sex.

    ‘After the Righter trial, the way was open for bishops to ordain sexually active homosexual persons if they so chose.’
    • ‘Baker became the first jazz musician to attract a strong homosexual following.’
    • ‘According to the police, he posted the photos in an effort to attract homosexual admirers.’
    • ‘First of all, I don't ask people if they're homosexual, lesbian or heterosexual.’
    • ‘The idea that homosexual men and lesbians form a ‘community’ is also a part of politically correct fantasy.’
    • ‘The women claimed the ruling threatened unmarried heterosexual couples as well as homosexual and lesbian ones.’
    • ‘Even before she recognised that she was happy in a lesbian relationship she had homosexual friends.’
    • ‘She said that she's been in that situation before both with homosexual men and lesbian women.’
    • ‘The first was a high profile case in Glasgow in which a lesbian couple tried to deny parental rights to the homosexual father who donated sperm for their baby.’
    • ‘One of the most common misconceptions about homosexual people is how our sexuality is determined.’
    • ‘Before the lifting of the ban, some gay and lesbian soldiers already were known by their peers to be homosexual.’
    • ‘I have got both heterosexual and homosexual friends.’
    • ‘More than half of these were for homosexual men.’
    • ‘Kinsey claimed that 13 percent of men and 7 percent of women are exclusively homosexual.’
    • ‘The Presbyterian Church has effectively become the first New Zealand denomination to allow homosexual ministers.’
    • ‘Lots of emphasis is likely to be placed on the effect that the Government's proposals for a civil partnerships register is going to have on homosexual couples.’
    • ‘A gay university chaplain is calling for more tolerance as a dispute over homosexual priests threatens to split the Anglican church.’
    gay, queer, lesbian, lesbigay
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    1. 1.1Involving or characterized by sexual attraction between people of the same sex.
      ‘homosexual desire’
      • ‘Britain had decriminalized homosexual acts in private between consenting adults in the Sexual Offenses Act 1967.’
      • ‘Sexual temptation, including homosexual temptation, is not sinful.’
      • ‘Do they find themselves having to refrain from acting upon homosexual urges because their chosen lifestyle is heterosexual?’
      • ‘By contrast, consenting homosexual acts involving adults are essentially victimless and harmless.’
      • ‘Throughout his life, homosexual acts were illegal in Britain.’
      • ‘The two, who play at hating each other in school, share a deep bond that contains a heavy strain of homosexual attraction.’
      • ‘Most such clients are deeply ambivalent about their homosexual attractions.’
      • ‘His predilection for favourites, whether or not based on homosexual attraction, was politically disastrous.’
      • ‘A third of the men still occasionally felt strong homosexual desire and even daydreamed about having gay sex.’
      • ‘This does not exclude the existence of pockets of the urban population with unrealized homosexual desires.’
      • ‘I was under the impression that homosexual acts were common across many species of animal.’
      • ‘Unwanted sexual experiences are common in both heterosexual and homosexual relationships.’
      • ‘As somebody who's not felt homosexual temptation, I don't go around handing out free advice to those who do.’
      • ‘Adolescents may have had both heterosexual and homosexual attractions and experiences.’
      • ‘Many species of insects and spiders engage in homosexual behavior.’
      • ‘The private, homosexual acts of consenting adults should not be up for regulation or policing.’

Pronunciation

homosexual

/ˌhɒmə(ʊ)ˈsɛkʃʊəl/ /ˌhəʊmə(ʊ)ˈsɛkʃʊəl/

noun

  • A person who is sexually attracted to people of their own sex.

    ‘Many landmark cases saw homosexuals gaining more rights under Canadian and American laws.’
    • ‘The Internet has done a lot to increase the self-esteem of young, confused homosexuals.’
    • ‘Gay rights advocates celebrated it as an important step forward in the struggle for legal equality for homosexuals.’
    • ‘Some say that acceptance is the key to solving the problems of homosexuals.’
    • ‘A survey into crime against homosexuals is helping open the door on the gay scene in Newry and Mourne.’
    • ‘Homosexuals aren't exactly a tiny minority.’
    • ‘Both homosexuals and heterosexuals can choose to be faithful or unfaithful.’
    • ‘Many of the creators, critics, and collectors who have so enriched the arts are male homosexuals.’
    • ‘The whole movie is an examination of real life for homosexuals before The Wall was torn down.’
    • ‘Both of these films are about repressed homosexuals in the army.’
    gay person, queer person, lesbian, gay
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Pronunciation

homosexual

/ˌhɒmə(ʊ)ˈsɛkʃʊəl/ /ˌhəʊmə(ʊ)ˈsɛkʃʊəl/

Origin

Late 19th century from homo- ‘same’ + sexual.