sap·​phism ˈsa-ˌfi-zəm How to pronounce sapphism (audio)

Examples of sapphism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most of the women who come for an evening of unabashed sapphism with Skirt Club identify as straight, says LeJeune, a former Bloomberg journalist currently married to a man. Wednesday Martin, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 June 2017

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Word History


Sappho + -ism; from the belief that Sappho was sexually attracted to other women

First Known Use

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sapphism was circa 1890

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“Sapphism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


sap·​phism ˈsaf-ˌiz-əm How to pronounce sapphism (audio)

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