Sapphic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj sapphic of or relating to or characterized by homosexual relations between woman
    • adj Sapphic a meter used by Sappho and named after her
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sapphic (Pros) A Sapphic verse.
    • Sapphic (Pros) 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.
    • Sapphic Of or pertaining to Sappho, the Grecian poetess; as, Sapphic odes; Sapphic verse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • Sapphic Of or pertaining to Sappho, a Greek lyric poetess of Lesbos (about 600 b. c.), famed for the beauty and passionateness of her poems; in prosody, noting various meters used by the poetess Sappho. See phrases below.
    • n Sapphic A Sapphic verse: used especially of the Lesser Sapphic verse (hendecasyllabic), and, in the plural, of the Lesser Sapphic system.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Sapphic saf′ik 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
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Sapphicus, Gr. , fr. Sappho

Usage

In literature:

I am curiously sapphic.
"In a German Pension" by Katherine Mansfield
He plied Smirke with Latin Sapphics and Alcaics.
"The History of Pendennis" by William Makepeace Thackeray
He is not a mere teacher of hexameters and sapphics.
"Kenelm Chillingly, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Now leave Master H.'s gig, and Master S.'s Sapphics, and become as immortal as Cambridge can make you.
"The Works of Lord Byron: Letters and Journals, Volume 2." by Lord Byron
While Aristeo is following Euridice, Orfeo enters upon the scene with a Latin ode in Sapphic metre in honour of Cardinal Gonzaga.
"Pastoral Poetry and Pastoral Drama" by Walter W. Greg
Or is it sapphics to which we eat this year?
"Roads from Rome" by Anne C. E. Allinson
To have that poet's head and shoulders, I would almost have written his Sapphics.
"The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 4" by Lord Byron
On the back "Excusatio Iacobi Locher Philomusi," in Sapphic verse.
"The Ship of Fools, Volume 1" by Sebastian Brandt
I grant thee pardon, damsel, more learned than the Sapphic muse: for charmingly has the Mighty Mother been sung by Caecilius.
"The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus" by Caius Valerius Catullus
Next came the turn of Donna Emilia, a very burning poetess, for a Sapphic ode; and so on and so on.
"Little Novels of Italy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
To have that poet's head and shoulders, I would almost have written his 'Sapphics.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
Erinna and Damophyla study together the composition of Sapphic metres.
"Greek Women" by Mitchell Carroll
SAPPHICS OF THE CABSTAND.
"Punch - Volume 25 (Jul-Dec 1853)" by Various
He wrote Sapphics in rhyme, an idea sufficiently ingenious, but hardly successful.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury
He plied Smirke with Latin Sapphics and Alcaics.
"A History of Pendennis, Volume 1" by William Makepeace Thackeray
He spoke of the metres of Horace, and said that he always thought his Sapphics uninteresting and monotonous.
"Tennyson and His Friends" by Various
It is a good rhythmical name, fitting excellently into the middle of a lesser Sapphic strophe; why should not Sappho use it?
"The Circus, and Other Essays and Fugitive Pieces" by Joyce Kilmer
She never summered in soft Sapphic seas, nor hankered after poetic Leucadian promontories.
"Unicorns" by James Huneker
The Sapphic metre he employs with a peculiar lightness and vivacity which harmonize admirably with his gayer moods.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 6" by Various
He forgot all about Sappho, but the Sapphic vibrations went on increasingly.
"Yellowstone Nights" by Herbert Quick
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In poetry:

Stray breaths of Sapphic song that blew
Through Mitylene
Shook the fierce quivering blood in you
By night, Faustine.
"Faustine" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Thy touch, O mortal Anteros,
Has turned the sapphic laurel sere,
Thy wings have cast their night across
The dial of our Saturnian year,
The cypress, O sad Anteros,
Grew darker when thou drewest near. . . .
"Anteros" by Clark Ashton Smith

In news:

The passion led her to study composition at a liberal arts college, where, due to a feminist spirit and Sapphic stirrings, she felt at odds with her conservative classmates.
ROME – Italy's TG 24 news program said that the upcoming edition of the Venice Film Festival should be rated R because of its lineup full of films about "Sapphic sex, violence, and religion.".
A Sapphic Victory, but Pyrrhic .
Sapphic Nomads explore Independent Samoa .
A Sapphic Victory, but Pyrrhic.
Jong Redefines ' Sapphic ' Along Omnisexual Lines.
I practically forgot where I was the other night (I was at Stray Cat Theatre, watching their production of Pulp ) once the play commenced and Johanna Carlisle got busy playing a Sapphic saloon owner named Vivian Blaine.
Fall fashion campaigns shoot and score with sapphic ads.
Web series kicks off its second season and explores the Sapphic side of its cast.
Showtime's Sapphic shag-fest The L Word will air its season finale Sunday night, capping off, until next year, four tumultuous years of lady love, naked breasts, barely veiled woos and widespread sexual chaos.
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