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Sapiophile

One whose romantic attraction is based on intelligence


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What does sapiophile mean?


A sapiophile is one whose romantic attraction to others is primarily based on intelligence.

Where did sapiophile come from?


Sapiophile appears to have been coined recently (within the past several decades), based on the Latin root of sapere ("to have sense") and the Greek philos ("beloved, dear, loving"). There are many words in English which share this suffix, and several which are likewise based on the initial portion of this word (such as sapient, meaning "possessing or expressing great sagacity"). Sapiosexual is often found as a synonym of sapiophile, and also functions in an adjectival role.

How is sapiophile used?

Nearly two thirds (65.2%) of the participants identified as bisexual, 20.4% as heterosexual, and 4.4% as lesbian. The remainder, those who selected “other” (9.6%), identified as queer, pansexual, or some other identity relating to the individual separately from the gender, such as “sapiosexual” and “bisensual.”
— Rachel Robbins, Relationship factors in polyamorous women (PhD diss.), 2005

I did not just spring out of the Rolling Stones' communal brain," she says sarcastically. "I didn't. But of course I must have been very much what they wanted." How does she mean? "Sapiosexual!" she responds. "They got a lot out of me and I was very happy to give, in words and rhymes and ideas. And I cannot stress how happy I was to do it.
— (Marianne Faithfull, interviewed), The Times (London, Eng.), 21 Apr. 2012

On dating site Plenty of Fish, more than 89,000 men identify as "sapiophiles", while Match.com and OKCupid have added "sapiosexual" as a category of orientation. 
The Daily Telegraph (London, Eng.), 14 Apr. 2018

For Mr. Okeke-Diagne, being sapiosexual means intellectual conversation is a key part of dating and sex.
— Anna North, The New York Times, 3 Jun. 2017 

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