Definition of Sapphic in English :

Define Sapphic in English

Sapphic meaning in English

Meaning of Sapphic in English

Pronunciation of Sapphic in English

Sapphic pronunciation in English

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1. sapphic

a meter used by Sappho and named after her

2. lesbian, sapphic

of or relating to or characterized by homosexual relations between woman

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1. prosody
denoting a metre associated with Sappho, consisting generally of a trochaic pentameter line with a dactyl in the third foot
of or relating to Sappho or her poetry
4. prosody
a verse, line, or stanza written in the Sapphic form

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of Sappho
2.  [often s-]
designating or of certain meters or a form of stanza or strophe used by or named after Sappho, esp. a stanza of three lines, of five or six stresses each, followed by a short line
3.  [sometimes s-]
lesbian (sense 2) lesbian (sense 2a)
4.  [often s-]
a Sapphic verse

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see synonyms of sapphic
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.
Of or relating to lesbianism.

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