the practice of going naked for God; the beliefs of some ascetic sects in ritual nakedness. Cf. gymnosophy. —Adamite, n. —Adamitic, adj.
a mania for nakedness.
a religious choral dance performed at ancient Greek festivals by naked youths. —gymnopedic, gymnopaedic, adj.
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.
a cult of nudity for reasons of health. —naturist, n. — naturistic, adj.
the practice of going nude. —nudist, n., adj.
a mania for nudity.