sapphism

[ saf-iz-uh m ]
/ ˈsæf ɪz əm /

noun


Nearby words

  1. sapphic,
  2. sapphic ode,
  3. sapphira,
  4. sapphire,
  5. sapphirine,
  6. sappho,
  7. sapporo,
  8. sappy,
  9. sapraemia,
  10. sapremia

Origin of sapphism

First recorded in 1885–90; Sapph(o) + -ism

Related formssap·phist, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for sapphism

sapphism

/ (ˈsæfɪzəm) /

noun

a less common word for lesbianismSee lesbianism

Word Origin for sapphism

C19: after Sappho, who is believed to have been a lesbian

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Word Origin and History for sapphism

Sapphism

n.

"homosexual relations between women," 1890; see Sapphic + -ism.

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Medicine definitions for sapphism

sapphism

[ săfĭz′əm ]

n.

Lesbianism.

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