lesbianism


les·bi·an·ism

noun \ˈlez-bē-ə-ˌni-zəm\

Definition of LESBIANISM

:  female homosexuality

First Known Use of LESBIANISM

1870

Rhymes with LESBIANISM

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les·bi·an·ism

noun \ˈlez-bē-ə-ˌniz-əm\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of LESBIANISM

: female homosexuality

lesbianism

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

the quality or state of intense emotional and usually erotic attraction of a woman to another woman. First used in the late 16th century, the word “lesbian” referred to the Greek island of Lesbos. The connotation of female homosexuality was added in the late 19th century, when an association was made with the poetry of Lesbian poet Sappho (c. 610–c. 580 BC). At the turn of the 21st century, issues of concern to lesbians in Europe and North America included legal recognition for same-sex unions, child-rearing rights, women's health-care, taxes, inheritance, and the sharing of medical benefits with a partner.

Variants of LESBIANISM

lesbianism also called sapphism or female homosexuality,

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