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[hoh-muh-fahyl] /ˈhoʊ məˌfaɪl/

a homosexual.
advocating or supportive of the interests, civil rights, and welfare of homosexuals; gay:
a homophile activist organization.
/ˈhəʊməˌfaɪl; ˈhɒm-/
a rare word for homosexual

1960, from homo- (2) “homosexual” + -phile. An attempt to coin a word for a homosexual person as part of a social group, rather than a sexual deviant.


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