[ jim-nos-uh-fist ]
/ dʒɪmˈnɒs ə fɪst /


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

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin gymnosophistae Indian ascetics < Greek gymnosophistaí naked philosophers. See gymno-, sophist

Related forms

gym·nos·o·phy, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gymnosophist


/ (dʒɪmˈnɒsəfɪst) /


one of a sect of naked Indian ascetics who regarded food or clothing as detrimental to purity of thought

Derived Forms

gymnosophy, noun

Word Origin for gymnosophist

C16: from Latin gymnosophistae, from Greek gumnosophistai naked philosophers
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