Etymology
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nudism (n.)

"The cult and practice of going unclothed" [OED], 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]

updated on July 16, 2019

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Definitions of nudism from WordNet

nudism (n.)
going without clothes as a social practice;
Synonyms: naturism
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.