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From Latin sapiens + -sexual.


sapiosexual (comparative more sapiosexual, superlative most sapiosexual)

  1. Sexually attracted to intellectual or mental qualities over appearance.
    • 2002, Torrin/Darren WhoEver, "[1]", Stoked on Sapiosexuality, March 2002. "Me? I don't care too much about the plumbing. I want an incisive, inquisitive, insightful, irreverent mind. I want someone for whom philosophical discussion is foreplay. I want someone who sometimes makes me go ouch due to their wit and evil sense of humor. I want someone that I can reach out and touch randomly. I want someone I can cuddle with."
    • 2012, Carolina Montejo, "Sapiosexuality: The intelligent foreplay", Vangardist, May 2012, page 128:
      Now, I know that the subject here is sexual arousal, but since I've already mentioned Plato and he is so relevant to the subject of Eros – and was probably sapiosexual himself — I think it's worth stepping briefly into the realm of philosophy.
    • 2013, Sunayana Suresh, "Are women attracted to the sapiosexual men?", The Times of India, 28 May 2013 (used in title only)

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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, Usenet[2]:
      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, Cara C. MacInnis & Gordon Hodson, "Intergroup bias toward 'Group X': Evidence of prejudice, dehumanization, avoidance, and discrimination against asexuals", Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 24 April 2012:
      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, Carolina Montejo, "Sapiosexuality: The intelligent foreplay", Vangardist, May 2012, 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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