gym·​nos·​o·​phist jim-ˈnä-sə-fist How to pronounce gymnosophist (audio)
: any of a sect of ascetics in ancient India who went naked and practiced meditation

Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gymnosophist was in the 15th century

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“Gymnosophist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

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