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  1. a descendant of Adam; human being.
  2. a nudist.
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Origin of Adamite

First recorded in 1620–30; Adam + -ite1
Related formsAd·am·it·ic [ad-uh-mit-ik] /ˌæd əˈmɪt ɪk/, Ad·am·it·i·cal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for adamite

Historical Examples

  • No food or lodging shall be afforded to a Quaker, Adamite, or other heretic.

    The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 3


  • His first epic poem, Adamite, deals with a strange, well-known episode in Bohemian history.

  • He became an Adamite, preached up the nakedness of Adam in his days of innocence.

  • No food and lodgings shall be allowed a Quaker, Adamite, or other heretic.

    Diary in America, Series One

    Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)

  • When she sees her Salibrand so unmodiously accoutred, she will jeer him out of his periwig, and render him an Adamite cap-a-pie.

British Dictionary definitions for adamite


  1. a human being
  2. a nudist, esp a member of an early Christian sect who sought to imitate Adam
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Derived FormsAdamitic (ˌædəˈmɪtɪk), adjective
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Word Origin and History for adamite



"human being, descendant of Adam" the Biblical first man, 1630s, from Adam + -ite (1). Used from 1620s of sects or groups that practice nudism, in reference to the state of Adam before the Fall.

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