gymnosophist

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gymnosophist member of a Hindu sect practicing gymnosophy (especially nudism)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Gymnosophist One of a sect of philosophers, said to have been found in India by Alexander the Great, who went almost naked, denied themselves the use of flesh, renounced bodily pleasures, and employed themselves in the contemplation of nature.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gymnosophist One of a sect of ancient Hindu philosophers who lived solitarily in the woods, wore little clothing, ate no flesh, renounced all bodily pleasures, and addicted themselves to mystical contemplation: so called by Greek writers. By some they are regarded as Brahmin penitents; others include among them a sect of Buddhist ascetics, the Shamans.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gymnosophist jim-nos′of-ist the name given by the Greeks to those ancient Hindu philosophers who wore little or no clothing, and lived solitarily in mystical contemplation
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. gymnosofisth`s; gymno`s naked + sofisth`s philosopher; cf. F. gymnosophiste,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. gymnos, naked, sophos, wise.

Usage

In literature:

In Africa, as in India, there were Gymnosophists.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
The Method, which Apuleius tells us the Indian Gymnosophists took to educate their Disciples, is still more curious and remarkable.
"The Spectator, Volume 2." by Addison and Steele
The Method, which Apuleius tells us the Indian Gymnosophists took to educate their Disciples, is still more curious and remarkable.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
GYMNOSOPHISTS, a set of contemplative philosophers among the Hindus who practised an extreme asceticism and went about almost naked.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Having disposed of the Bauddha doctrine we now turn to the system of the Gymnosophists (Jainas).
"The Vedanta-Sutras with the Commentary by Sankaracarya"
They are called gymnosophists.
"The Apologia and Florida of Apuleius of Madaura" by Lucius Apuleius
THE GYMNOSOPHISTS OF UPPER EGYPT.
"Apollonius of Tyana, the Philosopher-Reformer of the First Century A.D." by George Robert Stowe Mead
They resembled the Gymnosophists and Brahmins of India.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 3 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
Of this description of persons were the Gymnosophists in India, and certain sects of philosophers among the Greeks.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 4 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
The Platonists, like the Gymnosophists, did not do us the honor to think that God had condescended to form us Himself.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 9 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
The Indian wise men, called Gymnosophists, or naked sages, indulged in the same vagaries.
"Curiosities of Medical Experience" by J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen
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