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

het′er·o·sex′ist adj. & n.
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(Sociology) discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, practised by heterosexuals against homosexuals
ˌheteroˈsexist adj, n
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(ˌhɛt ər əˈsɛk sɪz əm)

a prejudiced attitude or discriminatory practices against homosexuals by heterosexuals.
het`er•o•sex′ist, n., adj.
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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
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nHeterosexismus m
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This part of the cross-analysis involved placing the data into one of three frequency categories: general, representing when responses were made by all or all but one of the study participants and encompassing reactions to racism, heterosexism/homophobia, and ableism; typical, representing when responses were made by more than half but not all study participants and applying to reactions related to racism, heterosexism/homophobia, and ableism; and variant, representing when responses were made by at least 2 or more study participants, but covering reactions related to heterosexism or racism only (as cited in Hill et al., 2005).
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