Meaning of homosexual panic in English:

homosexual panic


  • 1Psychology
    Anxiety or panic as a reaction to one's own homosexual feelings or another's homosexuality, homosexual advances, etc.

  • 2Law
    (chiefly North American and Australian). Intense panic supposedly provoked in a heterosexual man by another man's homosexual advances, used as the basis of a defence of diminished responsibility in cases of violent conduct.


homosexual panic

/ˌhəʊmə(ʊ)ˌsɛkʃʊəl ˈpanɪk/ /ˌhəʊmə(ʊ)ˌsɛkʃ(ʊ)l ˈpanɪk/ /ˌhəʊmə(ʊ)ˌsɛksjʊ(ə)l ˈpanɪk/


Early 20th century; earliest use found in New York Medical Journal. From homosexual + panic.