gymnosophist

noun
gym·​nos·​o·​phist | \ jim-ˈnä-sə-fist How to pronounce gymnosophist (audio) \

Definition of gymnosophist

: any of a sect of ascetics in ancient India who went naked and practiced meditation

First Known Use of gymnosophist

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gymnosophist

Latin gymnosophista, from Greek gymnosophistēs, from gymnos + sophistēs wise man, sophist

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“Gymnosophist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gymnosophist. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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