(n.) A behavior of becoming attracted to or aroused by intelligence and its use.

Etymology and origins of the word

Sapiosexual is a recently constructed word (neologism) that has come into common usage, particularly on social networking sites where people are self-identifying as sapiosexual. It is a concatenation of the latin root sapio- from sapiens meaning wise or intelligent (itself derived from sapere which means to taste, or rather, to discern) and the latin root -sexualis as it pertains to sexual preferences.


There are a few definitions to be found online, all with slight variations. Wikipedia currently redirects queries for sapiosexual to pansexual.

Other derivatives of sapiosexual found online are sapiosexuality and sapiosexy.

I’m one who finds intelligence the most sexually attractive feature.  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 decided all that means that I am sapiosexual 😉


2 thoughts on “sapiosexual

  1. Pingback: Sapiosexual – “Intellect and Eros” (work in progress) | Nina Sastri – The Sophian Siren

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