Definition of homosexual in English:

homosexual

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

adjective

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

    • ‘The women claimed the ruling threatened unmarried heterosexual couples as well as homosexual and lesbian ones.’
    • ‘I have got both heterosexual and homosexual friends.’
    • ‘Kinsey claimed that 13 percent of men and 7 percent of women are exclusively homosexual.’
    • ‘The idea that homosexual men and lesbians form a ‘community’ is also a part of politically correct fantasy.’
    • ‘Before the lifting of the ban, some gay and lesbian soldiers already were known by their peers to be homosexual.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘According to the police, he posted the photos in an effort to attract homosexual admirers.’
    • ‘The Presbyterian Church has effectively become the first New Zealand denomination to allow homosexual ministers.’
    • ‘She said that she's been in that situation before both with homosexual men and lesbian women.’
    • ‘A gay university chaplain is calling for more tolerance as a dispute over homosexual priests threatens to split the Anglican church.’
    • ‘More than half of these were for homosexual men.’
    • ‘After the Righter trial, the way was open for bishops to ordain sexually active homosexual persons if they so chose.’
    • ‘One of the most common misconceptions about homosexual people is how our sexuality is determined.’
    • ‘Mrs Foreman said her group was not against homosexual people and respected their choice of sexuality.’
    • ‘Every witness they have talked to is homosexual or lesbian and they believe that everybody who saw this miracle is either gay or lesbian.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘First of all, I don't ask people if they're homosexual, lesbian or heterosexual.’
    • ‘Baker became the first jazz musician to attract a strong homosexual following.’
    • ‘The attempt is to compare being homosexual to being black.’
    • ‘Even before she recognised that she was happy in a lesbian relationship she had homosexual friends.’
    gay, lesbian, sapphic, lesbigay
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    1. 1.1 Involving or characterized by sexual attraction between people of the same sex.
      ‘homosexual desire’
      • ‘I've spoken with other Catholics with homosexual desires who would never speak about it publicly.’
      • ‘A third of the men still occasionally felt strong homosexual desire and even daydreamed about having gay sex.’
      • ‘But I think at that time he was living a very flamboyant homosexual lifestyle.’
      • ‘His predilection for favourites, whether or not based on homosexual attraction, was politically disastrous.’
      • ‘The two, who play at hating each other in school, share a deep bond that contains a heavy strain of homosexual attraction.’
      • ‘This does not exclude the existence of pockets of the urban population with unrealized homosexual desires.’
      • ‘For example, unlike in many countries, homosexual acts between consenting adults are not considered an offence.’
      • ‘Most such clients are deeply ambivalent about their homosexual attractions.’
      • ‘As somebody who's not felt homosexual temptation, I don't go around handing out free advice to those who do.’
      • ‘As the most honest revisionists admit, the Bible has nothing good to say about homosexual sexual acts.’
      • ‘While this ruling complicates things a little bit, that law doesn't change what the church thinks about homosexual marriage.’
      • ‘Do they find themselves having to refrain from acting upon homosexual urges because their chosen lifestyle is heterosexual?’
      • ‘Throughout his life, homosexual acts were illegal in Britain.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘What he said was that he was fine with the notion of people being homosexuals as long as they didn't commit homosexual acts.’
      • ‘Sexual temptation, including homosexual temptation, is not sinful.’
      • ‘By contrast, consenting homosexual acts involving adults are essentially victimless and harmless.’
      • ‘Britain had decriminalized homosexual acts in private between consenting adults in the Sexual Offenses Act 1967.’
      • ‘Perhaps the biggest bane for homosexuals in Singapore is a law that still criminalizes consensual homosexual acts.’

noun

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

    • ‘The Internet has done a lot to increase the self-esteem of young, confused homosexuals.’
    • ‘In other words, bisexuals face discrimination only because they sometimes behave like homosexuals.’
    • ‘A survey into crime against homosexuals is helping open the door on the gay scene in Newry and Mourne.’
    • ‘The lines quoted above were used to justify the stoning of homosexuals and the mistreatment of women.’
    • ‘Seems like many guys in the world are homophobic, despite the rise in awareness about homosexuals.’
    • ‘Every once in a while, the straight Australian male must come face to face with real life homosexuals.’
    • ‘Other homosexuals see same sex marriage as a tool to radically change society.’
    • ‘This is what makes the situation of Cuban homosexuals a key test of the nature of democratic rights in Cuba.’
    • ‘He did not understand or approve of homosexuals, but his oldest and most cherished friend from childhood was gay.’
    • ‘Some say that acceptance is the key to solving the problems of homosexuals.’
    • ‘The reader notes that, as usual, the number of homosexuals taking part was vastly exaggerated.’
    • ‘He shocked the nation by telling the Senate that homosexuals were mentally ill.’
    • ‘There has been an increase in attacks on homosexuals and gay switchboards are finding that suicide threats have doubled.’
    • ‘Many landmark cases saw homosexuals gaining more rights under Canadian and American laws.’
    • ‘So while it is true to say the Church is anti-gay, it is bigoted to say that Catholics hate homosexuals.’
    • ‘Well, this might be true to some extent, but homosexuals aren't exactly a tiny minority.’
    • ‘As in other parts of the world, this issue also concerns homosexuals and lesbians.’
    • ‘No longer can homosexuals or lesbians be stigmatized as sexual deviants by the law.’
    • ‘Ministers have decided to give homosexuals the same protection as that enjoyed by ethnic minorities and the disabled.’
    • ‘Gay rights advocates celebrated it as an important step forward in the struggle for legal equality for homosexuals.’
    gay, lesbian, gay person, lesbigay
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

homosexual

/ˌhəʊmə(ʊ)ˈsɛkʃʊəl//ˌhɒmə(ʊ)ˈsɛkʃʊəl/