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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nakedness, nudity, nudenessnoun

    the state of being without clothing or covering of any kind

  2. bleakness, desolation, bareness, nakednessnoun

    a bleak and desolate atmosphere

    "the nakedness of the landscape"

  3. openness, nakednessnoun

    characterized by an attitude of ready accessibility (especially about one's actions or purposes); without concealment; not secretive


  1. nakednessnoun

    The state of being naked.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Nakednessnoun

    Etymology: from naked.

    My face I’ll grime with filth;
    And with presented nakedness out-face
    The winds and persecutions of the sky. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    Nor he their outward only, with the skins
    Of beasts; but inward nakedness, much more
    Opprobrious! with his robe of righteousness
    Arraying, cover’d from his father’s sight. John Milton.

    I entreat my gentle readers to sow on their tuckers again, and not to imitate the nakedness, but the innocence of their mother Eve. Joseph Addison, Guard. №. 100.

    Thou to be strong must put off every dress,
    Thy only armour is thy nakedness. Matthew Prior.

    Spies, to see the nakedness of the land are come. Gen. xlii. 9.

    Why seek’st thou to cover with excuse
    That which appears in proper nakedness? William Shakespeare.


  1. nakedness

    Nudity is the state of being in which a human is without clothing.The loss of body hair was one of the physical characteristics that marked the biological evolution of modern humans from their hominin ancestors. Adaptations related to hairlessness contributed to the increase in brain size, bipedalism, and the variation in human skin color. While estimates vary, for at least 90,000 years anatomically modern humans were naked. The invention of clothing was part of the transition from being not only anatomically but behaviorally modern. With the rise of civilizations, clothing became part of non-verbal communications, indicating a person's social status and individuality, thus the lack of clothing could be a sign of low status. However, through much of history until the late modern period, people might be unclothed by necessity or convenience when engaged in labor and athletics; or when bathing or swimming. Such functional nudity occurred in groups that were usually but not always segregated by sex. In ancient religions, deities were often depicted as perfect naked humans. Indigenous peoples in tropical climates used clothing for decorative or ceremonial purposes but were often nude, having neither the need to protect the body from the elements nor any concept of sexual shame. The association between nudity and shame is unique to followers of Abrahamic religions. The spread of Western concepts of modest dress was part of colonialism. Social norms regarding nudity vary widely, reflecting cultural ambiguity towards the body and sexuality, and differing conceptions of what constitutes public versus private spaces. Norms relating to nudity are different for men than they are for women. In many societies, both ancient and contemporary, children might be naked until the beginning of puberty. Individuals may intentionally violate norms relating to nudity; those without power may use nudity as a form of protest, and those with power may impose nakedness on others as a form of punishment. While the majority of societies require clothing in most situations, others recognize non-sexual nudity as being appropriate for some recreational, social or celebratory activities, and appreciate nudity in the arts as representing positive values. Societies such as Japan and Finland maintain traditions of communal nudity based upon the use of baths and saunas that provided alternatives to sexualization. Some societies and groups continue to disapprove of nudity not only in public but also in private based upon religious beliefs. Norms are codified to varying degrees by laws defining proper dress and indecent exposure.


  1. nakedness

    Nakedness refers to a state of being completely unclothed or without any covering on the body. It typically implies the absence of clothing or garments that would normally be worn to cover or protect one's body. Nakedness can be seen as a natural state, and it is often associated with vulnerability, intimacy, or a lack of privacy. However, societal or cultural norms vary in terms of acceptability and perception of nakedness, shaping attitudes towards public nudity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nakednessnoun

    the condition of being naked

  2. Nakednessnoun

    the privy parts; the genitals

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nakedness in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nakedness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of nakedness in a Sentence

  1. Scott C. Holstad:

    they are a little more solid even in the exquisite nakedness of their existence and they glory in their reality and read music and dance poetry on the sidewalks and in the lavatories of bombed out buildings. we take their words and cup them in our hands and we take their lips and crush them to our selves and dream the dreams and think of sands and faraway places and wish for death and pray they see IT soon.

  2. Otto von Bismarck:

    I have seen three emperors in their nakedness, and the sight was not inspiring.

  3. Alfred Bernhard Nobel:

    Hope is nature's veil for hiding truth's nakedness.

  4. James Arthur Baldwin:

    Identity would seem to be the garment with which one covers the nakedness of the self, in which case, it is best that the garment be loose, a little like the robes of the desert, through which one's nakedness can always be felt, and, sometimes, discerned. This trust in one's nakedness is all that gives one the power to change one's robes.

  5. Cesare Pavese:

    One does not kill oneself for love of a woman, but because love -- any love -- reveals us in our nakedness, our misery, our vulnerability, our nothingness.

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    (used of persons) bound to a tract of land; hence their service is transferable from owner to owner
    A contiguous
    B adscripted
    C omnifarious
    D ambidextrous

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