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Of or relating to lesbianism.

[After Sappho, known for her homoerotic poetry.]

sap′phism (săf′ĭz′əm) adj.
sap′phist n. & adj.


1. Of or relating to the Greek poet Sappho.
a. Of, relating to, or being a verse characteristic of Sappho, containing 11 syllables and consisting of a trochee, a spondee or trochee, a dactyl, a trochee, and a spondee or trochee.
b. Relating to or being a stanza of three such verses followed by a verse consisting of a dactyl followed by a spondee or trochee.
c. Relating to or being an ode made up of such stanzas.
d. Of, relating to, or being a verse, stanza, or poem in accentual-syllabic meter composed in imitation of Sapphic quantitative verse.
A Sapphic meter, verse, stanza, or ode.
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a lesbian
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The term invert came into public awareness along with other such 'Sapphist', 'lesbian' and 'homosexual'.
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Soon after meeting Vita, Woolf was intrigued by this leggy aristocrat who, she had heard, was a pronounced Sapphist and who wanted to seduce her.
Oxindine points out that as late as 1930 Woolf felt that she must "slip in" what she wants to say in her own novel ("Sapphist" 4-5, citing Woolf, Diary 3:298).
The Sapphist overtones of the location are scarcely concealed.