nud·​ism ˈnü-ˌdi-zəm How to pronounce nudism (audio)
: the practice of going nude especially in sexually mixed groups and during periods of time spent at specially secluded places
ˈnü-dist How to pronounce nudism (audio)
adjective or noun

Examples of nudism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The attorneys based much of their request for leniency on the influence of Taub, a Bay Area nudism activist who recently served time in state prison for trying to abduct a 14-year-old boy in Berkeley. Hannah Wiley, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2024 DePape, a former Green party member and nudism advocate who appears to have undergone a radical political conversion, had filled websites with these theories along with bigoted screeds directed at people of color, women, Jewish people and others. Megan Cassidy, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Oct. 2022 Some nondenominational, hard-line conservative clergy accept nudism. Jeremy Lindenfeld, San Antonio Express-News, 7 July 2022 Some Christian critics of nudism, including Mary Lowman of The Christian Working Woman, see the lifestyle as an affront to God. Jeremy Lindenfeld, San Antonio Express-News, 7 July 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nudism was in 1857

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“Nudism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


nud·​ism ˈn(y)üd-ˌiz-əm How to pronounce nudism (audio)
: the practice of going nude especially in private places (as beaches) that are separated from public areas
nudist noun or adjective
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