lesbianism

noun
les·​bi·​an·​ism | \ ˈlez-bē-ə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce lesbianism (audio) \

Definition of lesbianism

: romantic or sexual attraction between women

Examples of lesbianism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1936, for example, the ACLU challenged the City of Boston’s decision to ban Lillian Hellman’s play The Children’s Hour for daring to include a theme of lesbianism. Susan N. Herman, Marie Claire, "Celebrating 100 Years of the ACLU—and Its Next Century," 19 Jan. 2020 Critics have questioned Maisel’s mothering, debated whether the show celebrates white feminism, hides lesbianism and skips over racial discord. Mark Kennedy, chicagotribune.com, "‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ cast adjusts to the limelight," 6 Dec. 2019 Critics have questioned Maisel’s mothering, debated whether the show celebrates white feminism, hides lesbianism and skips over racial discord. Washington Post, "‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ cast adjusts to the limelight," 6 Dec. 2019 Between all the partying, lesbianism, hallucinations about the personification of Death (played by Wiz Khalifa), and crossdressing in the new Dickinson trailer, Hailee Steinfeld‘s Emily Dickinson is truly ahead of her time. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Hailee Steinfeld's Emily Dickinson is a poetic wild child in new Apple TV+ trailer," 18 Oct. 2019 At Narratively, Britni de la Cretaz looks at the history of lesbianism in early pro women’s baseball and at the beautiful, lifetime love stories the film chose to ignore. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "How American Women’s Pro Baseball Kept Lesbians in the Closet," 31 May 2018 To her credit, McDermid never makes lesbianism an issue in these mysteries, published between 1987 and 2003. Lloyd Sachs, chicagotribune.com, "Crime fiction to heat up your summer reading list," 21 May 2018 There was not even a hint of lesbianism for Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman movie in 2017 despite some of her most prominent writers pointing out the obvious. Jason Johnson, The Root, "Is Making Star Wars’ Lando Calrissian ‘Pansexual’ an Assault on Black Manhood? Maybe, but Not in the Way You Think," 18 May 2018 There was no legal definition of lesbianism in any case because under English law no such condition existed. Longreads, "The Roaring Girls of Queer London," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of lesbianism

1870, in the meaning defined above

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“Lesbianism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lesbianism. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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lesbianism

noun
les·​bi·​an·​ism | \ ˈlez-bē-ə-ˌniz-əm How to pronounce lesbianism (audio) \

Medical Definition of lesbianism

: romantic or sexual attraction between women

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