[noo-diz-uh m, nyoo-]
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  1. the practice of going nude, especially in places that allow sexually mixed groups, in the belief that such practice benefits health.

Origin of nudism

First recorded in 1925–30; nude + -ism
Related formsnud·ist, noun, adjective
Can be confusednaturalist naturist nudist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for nudism

bareness, undress, nudism, naturism

British Dictionary definitions for nudism


  1. 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

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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