Adjective "sapphic" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/ˈsafɪk/

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Definitions and examples

adjective

Relating to lesbians or lesbianism.
  1. 'She also played the sapphic Dr. Kitty in the play Last Summer at Bluefish Cove.'
  2. 'It may share Shakespeare's penchant for combining vulgar humour with intellectual high-mindedness, but this drama of sapphic intrigue in late 19 th-century New England is somewhat over-written.'
  3. 'The following conversation occurred after the recent spattering of sapphic portrayals in the diva world.'
  4. 'Gradually, as lascivious sapphic tendencies become apparent, the gulf in sexual mores between the youthful maid and her venerable employers becomes more pronounced.'
  5. 'But given the magazine's strict lesbian content regs, we might not see another sapphic spotlight for 30 more years.'
  6. 'Surprisingly, given the straight male interest in lesbian couplings, sapphic commercials are still rare.'
  7. 'Playing a Type A-plus-plus lawyer who's finally learning to acknowledge her sapphic side, she is brilliantly funny and adorably vulnerable.'
  8. 'But the mayor of one of the Greek island's cities took a British tour group to court in September to block 100 sapphic sojourners from indulging in a stay at a local resort.'
  9. 'As far as womanscaping, she says, ‘there is a cadre of lesbians who like hairier women, the she-bears of the sapphic world.’'
  10. 'Those who have followed her career since her sapphic turn in The Hunger will most likely be surprised to see her singing and dancing in 8 Women, since she usually plays very serious roles.'
Relating to Sappho or her poetry.
  1. 'I don't know a more seductive syncopated rhythm than that of the Sapphic stanza with its three long lines and one short one.'
  2. 'In other words, the Sapphic lyric refuses the chronological unfolding of time and instead endlessly repeats the activity of looking back to the past even as it predicts its own future rewriting.'
  3. 'With them Horace not only introduced the various Sapphic, Alcaic and Asclepiadic lines to Latin but he set the carmine/ode and lyric agenda for the ages to come.'
  4. 'Reviewers and critics paid Swinburne the compliment of identifying him with Sappho and praising his talent as Sapphic.'

plural noun

Verse in a metre associated with Sappho.

    Definitions

    1. pertaining to Sappho or to certain meters or a form of strophe or stanza used by or named after her.

    2. Lesbian (def 2). noun

    3. a Sapphic verse.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "textualities can be sapphic."

    "idylls can be sapphic."

    "salads can be sapphic."

    "rabbinettes can be sapphic."

    "fingernails can be sapphic."

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    Origin

    (Sapphic)Early 16th century (in sapphic (sense 2 of the adjective)): from French saphique, via Latin from Greek Sapphikos, from Sapphō (see Sappho).