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Definitions for sapphic
ˈsæf ɪksap·ph·ic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Sapphicadjective

    a meter used by Sappho and named after her

  2. lesbian, sapphicadjective

    of or relating to or characterized by homosexual relations between woman

Wiktionary

  1. Sapphicadjective

    Relating to the Greek poetess Sappho from Lesbos or her poetry.

    Clinton and I became peripherally involved with a pair of Leckford Road girls who, principally sapphic in their interests, would arrange for sessions of group frolic. Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22

  2. Sapphicadjective

    Relating to lesbianism; lesbian (also sapphic)

  3. sapphicadjective

    Relating to lesbianism; lesbian.

    Clinton and I became peripherally involved with a pair of Leckford Road girls who, principally sapphic in their interests, would arrange for sessions of group frolic. Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22

  4. Etymology: From Σαπφώ + -ic.

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  1. sapphic

    "Sapphic" generally refers to anything related to lesbians or lesbianism. It derives from the name of Sappho, a Greek poet from the island of Lesbos, who became a symbol for love and desire between women throughout history due to her lyrical poetry often centered on love and passion for various people, both males and females. The term can also refer to a specific type of verse in poetry known as Sapphic verse or meter, due to its association with Sappho.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sapphicadjective

    of or pertaining to Sappho, the Grecian poetess; as, Sapphic odes; Sapphic verse

  2. Sapphicadjective

    belonging to, or in the manner of, Sappho; -- said of a certain kind of verse reputed to have been invented by Sappho, consisting of five feet, of which the first, fourth, and fifth are trochees, the second is a spondee, and the third a dactyl

  3. Sapphicnoun

    a Sapphic verse

  4. Etymology: [L. Sapphicus, Gr. , fr. Sappho.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sapphic

    saf′ik, adj. pertaining to Sappho, a passionate Greek lyric poetess of Lesbos (c. 600 B.C.): denoting a kind of verse said to have been invented by Sappho.—ns. Sapph′ic-stan′za, a metre of Horace, the stanzas of four verses each, three alike, made up of four trochees, with a dactyl in the third place; Sapph′ism, unnatural passion between women; Sapph′ō, a humming-bird.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sapphic in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sapphic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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