gymnosophist definition

  • noun:
    • certainly one of an ancient sect of Hindu ascetics who wore little or no garments and had been specialized in mystical contemplation.
    • among a school of old Indian ascetic philosophers, reported in antiquity, whom wore small clothes; a mystic.
    • One of a sect of philosophers, thought to have already been present Asia by Alexander the fantastic, who moved virtually nude, denied themselves the use of skin, renounced physical pleasures, and employed by themselves in contemplation of nature.
    • certainly one of a sect of ancient Hindu philosophers which existed solitarily into the woods, wore small clothes, consumed no flesh, renounced all actual pleasures, and addicted on their own to mystical contemplation: so-called by Greek authors.
    • member of a Hindu sect practicing gymnosophy (especially nudism)

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