Definition of homophile in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhəʊməfʌɪl//ˈhɒməfʌɪl/


  • 1Relating to homosexuals.

    • ‘There were inevitably certain restrictions upon clergy which were not necessarily incumbent upon laity, and one such restriction was the possibility of living in a sexually active homophile relationship.’
    • ‘That year I took a homophile studies course.’
    • ‘In 1971 I took one of the first homophile courses in the country, from Lou Crompton, who was a remarkable scholar.’
    • ‘I'd taken courses in literature and language - from Latin drama to modern poetry, from restoration drama to homophile studies.’
    • ‘From that point on, homophile magazines were spared censorship by postal or other authorities.’
    • ‘The bishops recognized that the ministries of many homophile clergy are highly dedicated and have been greatly blessed.’
    • ‘Advertisements were placed in homophile publications.’
    • ‘What would happen in the case of a church sued by a homosexual who claims that the church's teaching that homophile behavior is an intrinsic moral evil is a violation of his or her civil liberties?’
    • ‘When such a person wishes it to be known more publicly that they are homophile in orientation, but who are nevertheless committed to a life of abstinence, such a person ought to be accepted and supported by the Church in every way possible.’
    • ‘The young "newspaper of America's homophile community" added, "For the first time in nearly 2,000 years, homosexuals are back in the mainstream of the political process, stating their case before a national audience that has finally begun to listen."’
    gay, lesbian, sapphic, lesbigay
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    1. 1.1 Active in supporting the rights of homosexuals.
      ‘early homophile organizations’
      • ‘I'd definitely want to sit in on some of the first meetings of the Washington chapter of the homophile organization the Mattachine Society, cofounded by pioneering activist Frank Kameny in D.C. in the late '50s.’
      • ‘He maintained contacts with homophile groups in France, Germany, Scandinavia and Holland.’
      • ‘In the early '70s many lesbians deserted the homophile and gay liberation movements in protest against male chauvinism.’
      • ‘The 1973 political victory won by early homophile activists who lobbied the American Medical Association to remove homosexuality from the Diagnostic Statistics Manual garners only one paragraph.’
      • ‘Part 3 concentrates on the interaction between gay men and lesbians in the homophile movements of the period 1960-1969 which he usefully dubs ‘militantly respectable’.’
      • ‘As the film shows, new activist organizations sprang up in the wake of the 1969 Stonewall riot, replacing the more staid "homophile" groups of the '50s.’
      • ‘In Los Angeles the homophile group One Inc. began publishing One, an influential early gay periodical.’
      • ‘Its first phase, the homophile movement, started in 1950 when several homosexual men, most former communist and progressive activists, founded the Mattachine Society in Los Angeles.’
      • ‘Latinos, Asians and African-Americans began to play a leading role in the homophile movement.’
      • ‘Fifty homophile organizations that year had turned into eight hundred gay liberation groups by 1973, and thousands by 1979.’
      • ‘The newest research results were presented by doctors, psychologists, lawyers, sociologists and staff from various homophile organizations in Europe and America.’
      • ‘Early homophile organizations were often divided between those who continued to see scientific studies as the source of homosexual liberation and those who did not.’


  • 1A homosexual person.

    • ‘It's now almost impossible for Dr. Ink, an obsequious homophile, to sing "Don we now our gay apparel" without thinking of reindeer in drag.’
    • ‘Many of us were frustrated by what seemed like the complacency of older gays, just as they had once been frustrated by the meekness of an even earlier generation of homophiles.’
    • ‘As you stroll through the grounds, you may eventually come upon a most impressive tomb - for the famous English homophile, Oscar Wilde.’
    • ‘We recognise that there are major questions to be faced concerning the attitudes to homophiles in both Church and society.’
    • ‘If you are not a homophile or comfortable with explicit language and images, better not follow that link.’
    gay, lesbian, gay person, lesbigay
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    1. 1.1 A person active in supporting the rights of homosexuals.
      • ‘Some homophiles likened George Henry, an outspoken advocate for a more compassionate but pathological view of homosexuals, to a "well-meaning lyncher".’
      • ‘He splits his time between his new drag friends and a group of tight-assed middle-class homophiles who whine for social tolerance.’
      • ‘New York's Gay Activists Alliance, dedicated to nonviolent protest, has provided youthful leadership for homophiles of varying ideological persuasions.’
      • ‘Homophiles conceived of sexuality as a quintessentially private domain, but to support this private right, they argued, public education was necessary.’
      • ‘It's the liberal homophiles who will be given a green light to do such things as push homosexuality onto your children in the public schools.’


1960s: from homosexual + -phile.