The nude

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • The nude the undraped human figure in art.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Castaways Travel, a Houston-area travel agency, offers an all-nude flight to Cancun Mexico. Once the plane reaches cruising altitude, you are allowed to take off all your clothes and roam about the cabin
    • The nude the undraped human figure as a branch of art
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Quotations

  • John Berger
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    “Nakedness reveals itself. Nudity is placed on display. The nude is condemned to never being naked. Nudity is a form of dress.”
  • Francis H. Bradley
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    “There are those who so dislike the nude that they find something indecent in the naked truth.”
  • Robert Bresson
    Robert Bresson
    “In the NUDE, all that is not beautiful is obscene.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. nudus, naked.

Usage

In literature:

Such familiarity with nude form was not easily attained in the fifteenth century.
"Renaissance Fancies and Studies" by Violet Paget (AKA Vernon Lee)
In the other episodes, the tragic element is nude and bleeding.
"The Forerunners" by Romain Rolland
The young god, beautiful as a woman, nude, and crowned with vines and roses, was riding on a panther, waving his thyrsus.
"Sónnica" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Modelling from the nude, particularly the nude of a man, was to her mother at first most distressing.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
The white figure, all but nude, was Apeman!
"Astounding Stories, June, 1931" by Various
The room is perfectly nude.
"A Frenchman in America" by Max O'Rell
Crawford stripped down too, nude to the waist.
"Black Man's Burden" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
He held his peace until the act was completed, not wishing to embarrass her by making his consciousness known while she was nude.
"Quest of the Golden Ape" by Ivar Jorgensen
Studies from the nude are conspicuous by their extreme rarity and want of force.
"The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi" by Count Carlo Gozzi
Her eyes dwelt for a moment on the colour prints where the nude beauties languished.
"A Bed of Roses" by W. L. George
The bodies are frightful, every one nearly nude.
"The Complete Story of the Galveston Horror" by Various
At first he had felt like an utter fool when he was led from the tent, almost nude, to face the curious eyes of thirty or more white people.
"The Heritage of the Hills" by Arthur P. Hankins
Be that as it may, the nude in art has been having a hard time of it lately.
"Jonathan and His Continent" by Max O'Rell
The time had arrived when I was to begin the nude of Boy in marble.
"My Actor-Husband" by Anonymous
He cast off his blanket with a shout, standing upright in the firelight, a nude figure of bronze.
"The Boy Scouts On The Range" by Lieut. Howard Payson
The bodies were duly found, and the inspector uttered an exclamation of surprise when he saw that Durgo was nude.
"The Solitary Farm" by Fergus Hume
Nude, pierced, bloody, the corpse lay before him.
"Sense of Obligation" by Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
Lalia was almost nude, and I had only the remnants of a pair of duck trousers.
"A Modern Buccaneer" by Rolf Boldrewood
SHE IS WHIPPED IN A NUDE STATE IN THE PRESENCE OF THIRTY MEN.
"The Nation's Peril" by Anonymous
They were as nude as on the day of their birth.
"Two Years Among the Savages of New Guinea." by W. D. Pitcairn
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In poetry:

Yet this is meagre play
In the scurry and water-shine,
As her heels foam--
Not as when the goldener nude
Of a later day
"The Paltry Nude Starts On A Spring Voyage" by Wallace Stevens
For there when Life and Death end their dark feud
And Hatred veils its ugliness so nude;
When man looks o'er the chaos vast and deep;
When o'er her broken idols Love doth weep:
"The Miracle of the Cross" by John William Streets
Yes, I have seen them sprawling nude
While an Autumn moon hung chill,
And the tide came shuddering in from sea,
Lift by lift, until
It held them under a silver mesh,
Responsive to its will.
"The Pirates" by DuBose Heyward
— Colony from which the adventurer returned poor!
Half-nude children played, and their cries
Deafened, familiar as mauve bougainvillea,
From the verandah and terrace to the heavy gray walls...
"French Possession" by Henry Jean-Marie Levet
I am in front of this feminine land
Like a child in front of the fire
Smiling vaguely with tears in my eyes
In front of this land where all moves in me
Where mirrors mist where mirrors clear
Reflecting two nude bodies season on season
"Ecstasy" by Paul Eluard
Now he will return to Rome slightly tired,
but delightfully tired from this journey,
full of days of enjoyment —
at the theaters, the gardens, the gymnasia…
evenings at cities of Achaia…
Ah the delight of nude bodies, above all…
"Nero's Term" by Constantine P Cavafy

In news:

That's the question posed by the poster for a "nude in" protest scheduled for noon Saturday September 24 in San Francisco's Castro Commons Plaza.
I've also got details about your next nude travel destination and the lady who held a dude hostage for sex a little while back returns.
The hotel straddling the High Line, where strollers sometimes see nude guests frolicking behind the windows -- apparently doesn't encourage orgies .
The case of the nude hotel guest.
The Nude Pic Of Justin Bieber.
Snapped frolicking in the nude .
Jenny McCarthy on her new show, her new dude, and posing in the nude .
Chaplin's hat and cane are to go under the hammer in Los Angeles this weekend as part of an auction which also includes a John Lennon nude drawing of himself and Yoko Ono.
Prince Harry is only the latest celebrity to face a nude photo scandal, after TMZ posted what appear to be photos of him playing strip billiards in Las Vegas.
Rihinna's Nude -Behind The Scenes.
Looks like being a new mom isn't keeping Megan Fox busy enough — the actress and her legal team are upset that a humor site has posted a photo of Fox with her head Photoshopped onto the nude body of someone else.
8 Products to Create the Perfect Nude Lip.
Never underestimate the power of a nude lip.
Your nude photos are far less likely to appear on the Internet alongside a screenshot of your Facebook page.
Betty White has nude photos hitting the Internet--thankfully they were taken 70-plus years ago.
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