adj. (suh-fis-teh-kay-ted)

1. having or appealing to fashionable and refined tastes and habits in accordance with the popular lesbian community: a sapphisticated chick
2. intelligent, knowledgeable or able to appreciate lesbian culture, society and arts: an abundance of sapphisticated friends
The new ladies event at the nightclub was teeming with the sapphisticated, Hollywood-hipster set.
by Jocelyn_pinkpassport January 16, 2009
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An alternate term for lesbian or a lover of women. It describes a female who is fond of women, may it be emotional, romantic, aesthetic of sexual affection. It's a more poetical term for a female homosexual and can be preferred over lesbian, gay and homosexual.

The term derives from the Greek poet Sappho, who lived on the Isle of Lesbos. She mostly wrote about women and loving women. The term sapphist (or lesbian) can also describe a citizen of Lesbos.
"This author said she's a sapphist. What does that mean?"
- "It means that she likes women."

"My aunt loves women, writes about them and has read Sappho's poems. She's the greatest sapphist I know."

"My uncle is a sapphist. He comes from Mytilene, the capital of Lesbos."
by angstybutterfly August 18, 2016
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A word for a woman who loves other women. This love can cover everything from emotional, physical, spiritual, and sexual love. It is an older term for women who love women. It derives from the poet Sappho, who lived on the Isle of Lesbos. Sappho wrote poetry, mostly about women and loving women.
It's a term that some women prefer over the ever popular and sometimes bastardized term lesbian. It's usually only a term that one woman can give herself (unless she still lives in Lesbos... but in that circumstance it means something different, and has no lesbian connotations).
"I love women - I am a sapphist"

"My aunt only loves women, she writes about them, and is even living with one. She is a self-proclaimed sapphist"

"I love women, I respect women, and I am happy with the fact that I'm a sapphist"

by Diamanda Graves July 07, 2008
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1- A female of any sexual affiliation who has lesbian feelings that are intentionally abandoned (and sometimes, re-abandoned) with the intention never to act upon her sapphic tendencies.

2- An inactive lesbian, out or closeted.

3- A bisexual female with intentionally repressed lesbian desires and actions who may or may not refer to herself as heterosexual.

Pronounciation: qwee-ess-unt saf-ist
She's happily married and attracted to John Doe, in a heterosexual relationship, while she is also a quiescent sapphist.

Isabella told her fiance that she preferred to identify as a heterosexual who is also a quiescent sapphist.

Lillian is a lesbian who chooses to live a celibate life and to completely reject her lesbian thoughts, desires, feelings, making no actions toward them, while at the same time admitting that they remain there, albeit dormant.

Gio is bisexual, but stifles her lesbian tendencies while admitting that she does in fact have lesbian desires.
by Junetopia September 16, 2010
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