Etymology
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homophobic (adj.)

by 1908, originally "fear of humans," from homo- (2) "homosexual" (ultimately from Latin homo "man, male human; human being") + phobia + -ic.

[H]e imported a whole boxcar of broncos from the West, homophobic mustangs, as it turned out, that nobody but a rodeo hand could have ridden. [F. Reid Buckley, Life Magazine, 1970]

The "fear of homosexuals" sense is attested by 1969, from homo- (2) "homosexual" + -phobia + -ic. Even early on the term was used with a tinge of "unreasonable or abusive fear of homosexuals" and in current use it typically implies or asserts an active hatred. Related: Homophobe; homophobia 

updated on October 03, 2022

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