homosexualism vs homosexuality what difference

what is difference between homosexualism and homosexuality

English

Etymology

homosexual +‎ -ism

Noun

homosexualism (uncountable)

  1. Homosexuality, the state of being homosexual.
    • 2007, Sunil Kumar Sarker, A Companion to E. M. Forster (volume 1, page 145)
      He was also a secret preacher of homosexualism; throughout his long literary career he, from time to time, as opportunities presented themselves, made subtle and votive references to homosexual orientation in his creative works.

Synonyms

  • gayness
  • homosexuality

Hyponyms

  • lesbianism (applied only to women)

Coordinate terms

  • heterosexualism
  • heterosexuality


English

Etymology

From homosexual +‎ -ity or homo- +‎ sexuality (late 19th century)

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -ælɪti

Noun

homosexuality (usually uncountable, plural homosexualities)

  1. The state of being sexually attracted primarily or exclusively to persons of the same sex.
  2. Sexual activity with a person of the same sex.

Usage notes

Homosexuality in women is also known as lesbianism. As homosexuality applies to people of either sex, the expression homosexuality and lesbianism is redundant and is best replaced by homosexuality or lesbianism alone as appropriate. Different cultural constructions of same-sex love are collectively referred to as homosexualities.

Synonyms

  • gayness
  • homosexualism
  • lesbianism (applied only to women)
  • uranism (obsolete)
  • urningism (obsolete)

Antonyms

  • heterosexuality
  • straightness (slang)

Hypernyms

  • queerness

Coordinate terms

  • (sexual orientations) sexual orientation; asexual (-ity, ace), bisexual (-ity, bi), demisexual (-ity, demi), graysexual (-ity), heterosexual (-ity, straight), homosexual (-ity, gay, lesbian), omnisexual (-ity), pansexual (-ity, pan), plurisexual (-ity), polysexual (-ity), robosexual (-ity), sapiosexual (-ity), androsexual (-ity), gynesexual (-ity) (Category: en:Sexual orientations)

Related terms

  • homosexual
  • homoromanticism
  • homoflexibility

Translations

See also

  • LGBT, GLBT
  • gay
  • lesbian

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