Homosexual



Older Use: Sometimes Disparaging. sexually attracted to members of one’s own sex:
homosexual students.
Older Use: Sometimes Disparaging. of or relating to sexual desire or behavior directed toward members of one’s own sex:
the homosexual subculture.
Archaic. of, relating to, or noting the same sex:
pregnant with homosexual twins.
Older Use: Sometimes Disparaging. a homosexual person.
Contemporary Examples

Okay, but still, “homosexual persons are called to chastity.”
Catholic University’s Harvey Milk Ban Reflects A Church In Transition Jay Michaelson October 2, 2014

homosexual acts come naturally to them, heterosexual acts do not.
The Vatican’s Same-Sex Synod: The Bishops Hear About Reality. Do They Listen? Barbie Latza Nadeau October 11, 2014

homosexual conduct between consenting adults is legal in Turkey, but far from accepted.
Turkey’s Violent Homophobia John Beck June 30, 2013

Stanley Kauffman in the Times complained of “homosexual Drama and Its Disguises.”
How Gossip Became History: Eminent Outlaws by Christopher Bram Brad Gooch January 28, 2012

In March 2009, Lively arrived in Uganda to headline the “Seminar on Exposing the homosexual Agenda.”
Ugandan Gay-Rights Group Sues U.S. Pastor Nina Strochlic January 26, 2013

Historical Examples

homosexual intimacies between girls are far more often platonic than similar intimacies between boys.
The Sexual Life of the Child Albert Moll

homosexual relationships are also a cause of suicide among women.
Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 (of 6) Havelock Ellis

homosexual love has played a much greater part in the world’s history than is generally believed.
The Sexual Question August Forel

homosexual choice of object is originally more natural to narcism than the heterosexual.
A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud

homosexual practices everywhere flourish and abound in prisons.
Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 (of 6) Havelock Ellis

noun
a person who is sexually attracted to members of the same sex
adjective
of or relating to homosexuals or homosexuality
of or relating to the same sex
adj.

1892, in C.G. Chaddock’s translation of Krafft-Ebing’s “Psychopathia Sexualis,” from German homosexual, homosexuale (by 1880, in Gustav Jäger), from homo-, comb. form of Greek homos “same” (see homo- (1)) + Latin-based sexual.

“Homosexual” is a barbarously hybrid word, and I claim no responsibility for it. It is, however, convenient, and now widely used. “Homogenic” has been suggested as a substitute. [H. Havelock Ellis, “Studies in Psychology,” 1897]

Sexual inversion (1883) was an earlier clinical term for it in English. The noun is recorded by 1895. In technical use, either male or female; but in non-technical use almost always male. Slang shortened form homo first attested 1929.

homosexual ho·mo·sex·u·al (hō’mə-sěk’shōō-əl, -mō-)
adj.
Of, relating to, or having a sexual orientation to persons of the same sex. n.
A homosexual person; a gay man or a lesbian.

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