nudism

[ noo-diz-uh m, nyoo- ]
/ ˈnu dɪz əm, ˈnyu- /

noun

the practice of going nude, especially in places that allow sexually mixed groups, in the belief that such practice benefits health.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. nudibranch,
  2. nudibranchiate,
  3. nudicaudate,
  4. nudicaul,
  5. nudie,
  6. nudist,
  7. nudity,
  8. nudnik,
  9. nudum pactum,
  10. nudzh

Origin of nudism

First recorded in 1925–30; nude + -ism

Related formsnud·ist, noun, adjective

Can be confusednaturalist naturist nudist

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British Dictionary definitions for nudism

nudism

/ (ˈnjuːdɪzəm) /

noun

the practice of nudity, esp for reasons of health, religion, etc
Derived Formsnudist, noun, adjective

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Word Origin and History for nudism

nudism

n.

1929, from French nudisme (see nude + -ism). Nudist "one who practices nudism" appeared at the same time.

Made in Germany, imported to France, is the cult of Nudism, a mulligan stew of vegetarianism, physical culture and pagan worship. ["Time," July 1, 1929]
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