- one of a group of Jainist philosophers, existing from ancient times to c1000, characterized by refusal to wear clothes and the abandonment of caste marks; a member of the Digambara sect.
Origin of gymnosophist
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So much of truth is got from being a gymnosophist and regarding your own toes with aloof abstraction on a sunny Christmas morning.The Sea and the Jungle
H. M. Tomlinson
Opposite Julian stood a lean man with a coppery skin; it was the gymnosophist—the naked sage—assistant of Maximus.The Death of the Gods
Two islands in India, one called Brahmin, and the other Gymnosophist.
- one of a sect of naked Indian ascetics who regarded food or clothing as detrimental to purity of thought
C16: from Latin gymnosophistae, from Greek gumnosophistai naked philosophers
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Word Origin and History for gymnosophist
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