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From Latin sapiens + -sexual. Coined by Darren Stalder in 1998 to describe his own sexuality.


sapiosexual (comparative more sapiosexual, superlative most sapiosexual)

  1. Sexually attracted to intellectual or mental qualities over appearance.
    • 2013 June 20, DoubleX Staff, “Are Women Turned on by Pictures of Naked Men? Kevin Costner.”, in Slate[1]:
      I am what is known as a sapiosexual—defined by Urban Dictionary as one who finds intelligence the most sexually attractive feature.
    • 2017 June 2, Anna North, “The Hottest Body Part? For a Sapiosexual, It’s the Brain”, in New York Times[2]:
      For Mr. Okeke-Diagne, being sapiosexual means intellectual conversation is a key part of dating and sex.
    • 2021 October 18, Lucy Foulkes, “The big idea: Is it your personality, or a disorder?”, in The Guardian[3]:
      Sexually attracted to intelligent people? You're sapiosexual.

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sapiosexual (plural sapiosexuals)

  1. A person who is sapiosexual.
    • 2005 October 20, CatDeville [username], “Re: Struggling with the details”, in alt.polyamory[4] (Usenet):
      You see, for a true geek there's often little difference, because when you engage our brains, which are connected to our genitals, it often turns on our lust response (we're quite often sapiosexuals - people who lust after intellect first), but it's the *brain* you aim for, the intellect, to turn us on, not our genitals.
    • 2012 April 24, Cara C. MacInnis, Gordon Hodson, “Intergroup bias toward 'Group X': Evidence of prejudice, dehumanization, avoidance, and discrimination against asexuals”, in Group Processes & Intergroup Relations:
      In Study 2 we tapped attitudes toward a largely unknown sexual orientation group, sapiosexuals (those sexually attracted to the human mind).
      Participants indicated their familiarity with heterosexuals, homosexuals, bisexuals, asexuals, and sapiosexuals []
    • 2012 May, Carolina Montejo, “Sapiosexuality: The intelligent foreplay”, in Vangardist, page 126:
      So, what attracts you? What turns you on? If you decided on abstract thought, clever humour and insight. You're a sapiosexual.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:sapiosexual.

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