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nudism

[noo-diz-uh m, nyoo-] /ˈnu dɪz əm, ˈnyu-/
noun
1.
the practice of going nude, especially in places that allow sexually mixed groups, in the belief that such practice benefits health.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; nude + -ism
Related forms
nudist, noun, adjective
Can be confused
naturalist, naturist, nudist.
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British Dictionary definitions for nudist

nudism

/ˈnjuːdɪzəm/
noun
1.
the practice of nudity, esp for reasons of health, religion, etc
Derived Forms
nudist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for nudist

1929, adjective and noun, from French nudiste or formed in English from nude (adj.) + -ist; also see 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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