les·​bi·​an·​ism ˈlez-bē-ə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce lesbianism (audio)
: romantic or sexual attraction between women

Examples of lesbianism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Before now, faux lesbianism was easier to swallow than actual Sapphic leanings, but Zolita and her peers like Roan and Rapp are seeing success with being themselves — a luxury afforded by lineage. Trish Bendix, NBC News, 24 Apr. 2024 In one scene Freud reveals surprising tolerance toward male homosexuality but expresses his disapproval of lesbianism. Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 The film, written by Julia Cox, begins at Diana’s 60th birthday party, in a scene that acknowledges the swimmer’s lesbianism without making an issue of it. Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 Because his films have dealt with homosexuality, lesbianism, rape, violence, nudity, and drugs, it is often supposed that the private life of Andy Warhol, a bachelor, is one of prolonged orgiastic license. Stephen Birmingham, Town & Country, 10 Aug. 2023 Beyond the very special episodes on nuclear proliferation or lesbianism (although that one is quite good), the show is surprisingly radical in its insistence that women — aging women, at that — can be their own self-determining, independent agents, unencumbered by men. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 31 Dec. 2021 That in 2010 the conservatorship directed tens of thousands of dollars from Britney’s charitable foundation to a Christian counseling group with ties to Taylor and her husband, and whose founder once boasted that the group helped people abandon lesbianism. Jem Aswad, Variety, 20 Dec. 2021 Raised in an evangelical household that disavowed her lesbianism, Dr. Mollenkott became a scholar of the Bible whose books on feminist and gay spirituality offered an expansive, inclusive theology that embraced not just women as equals to men but gay, bisexual and transgender people, too. New York Times, 26 Oct. 2020 The law is similar in some ways to a law passed in 2013 that stiffened some penalties and criminalized lesbianism. Reuters, CNN, 10 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lesbianism was in 1870

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“Lesbianism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lesbianism. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


les·​bi·​an·​ism ˈlez-bē-ə-ˌniz-əm How to pronounce lesbianism (audio)
: romantic or sexual attraction between women

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