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Discrimination or prejudice against lesbians, gay men, or bisexuals by heterosexual people.

het′er·o·sex′ist adj. & n.


(Sociology) discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, practised by heterosexuals against homosexuals
ˌheteroˈsexist adj, n


(ˌhɛt ər əˈsɛk sɪz əm)

a prejudiced attitude or discriminatory practices against homosexuals by heterosexuals.
het`er•o•sex′ist, n., adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.heterosexism - discrimination in favor of heterosexual and against homosexual people
discrimination, favoritism, favouritism - unfair treatment of a person or group on the basis of prejudice


nHeterosexismus m
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