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[het-er-uh-sek-siz-uh m] /ˌhɛt ər əˈsɛk sɪz əm/

a prejudiced attitude or discriminatory practices against homosexuals by .
discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, practised by heterosexuals against homosexuals

“characteristic of discrimination against homosexuals,” 1979; see hetero- + sexist. Related: Heterosexism (1979).


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