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gymnosophist (n.)

c. 1400, from Greek gymnosophistai "the naked philosophers," from gymnos "naked" (see naked) + sophistes "wise man" (see sophist). Ancient Hindu holy men whose self-denial extended to clothes; they were known to the later Greeks through the reports of Alexander the Great's soldiers.

updated on February 13, 2015

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Definitions of gymnosophist from WordNet

gymnosophist (n.)
member of a Hindu sect practicing gymnosophy (especially nudism);
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