Gymnosophist definition

jĭm-nŏsə-fĭst
One of an ancient sect of Hindu ascetics who wore little or no clothing and were devoted to mystical contemplation.
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A member of an ancient Hindu sect of ascetics who wore little or no clothing.
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One of a school of ancient Indian ascetic philosophers, reported in antiquity, who wore little clothing; a mystic.
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Noun

Singular:
gymnosophist
Plural:
gymnosophists

Origin of gymnosophist

  • Middle English gumnosophist from sing. of Latin gymnosophistae from Greek gumnosophistai gumnos naked nogw- in Indo-European roots sophistēs expert sophist

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French gymnosophiste, from Latin gymnosophistae, from Ancient Greek γυμνοσοφισταί (gumnosophistai), from γυμνός (gumnos, “naked”) + σοφιστής (sophistēs, “sophist”).

    From Wiktionary