the practice of going naked for God; the beliefs of some ascetic sects in ritual nakedness. Cf. gymnosophy. —Adamite, n. —Adamitic, adj.gymnomania
a mania for nakedness.
a religious choral dance performed at ancient Greek festivals by naked youths. —gymnopedic, gymnopaedic, adj.gymnophobia
an abnormal fear of nudity.
the tenets of an ancient Hindu ascetic whose members wore little or no clothing. See also Adamitism. —gymnosophist, n. —gymnosophical, adj.naturism
a cult of nudity for reasons of health. —naturist, n. — naturistic, adj.nudism
the practice of going nude. —nudist, n., adj.nudomania
a mania for nudity.
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Though really evergreen, the leaves are so small and scattered that even in full growth the plant has a peculiar appearance, and yet so thickly do the stems interlace that there is no suggestion of nakedness.
Thus, nakedness has been able to be imagined as both an indecent state needing to be covered by "culture" (clothing) and a pure state far superior to the indecent cultural masquerade of clothing.
The nakedness of "savages," for example, has been imagined as evidence of their inferior humanness-but it has also been subject to romanticization (the "naturalness" of the "noble savage").
In the Judaic tradition, however, in which the Godhead was imagined as gloriously veiled, nakedness was more likely to signify degradation, humiliation, or loss of personhood.
It was then he began the slow realization that it was not his beloved wife who spooned against his back in nakedness, sharing his bed!