nudity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n nudity the state of being without clothing or covering of any kind
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Michelangelo's Last Judgment, which hangs on the walls of the Sistine Chapel, drew some harsh criticism from one of the Vatican's officials because of the nudity. So Michelangelo made some changes to his work: he painted in the face of the complaining clergyman and added a donkey's ears and a snake's tail.
    • Nudity (Fine Arts) That which is nude or naked; naked part; undraped or unclothed portion; "There are no such licenses permitted in poetry any more than in painting, to design and color obscene nudities ."
    • Nudity The quality or state of being nude; nakedness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n nudity A nude or naked state; nakedness; bareness; exposedness; lack of covering or disguise.
    • n nudity In a concrete sense, a nude or naked thing; also, a representation of a nude figure; anything freely exposed or laid bare.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Nudity nakedness: want of covering: anything laid bare
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Quotations

  • John Berger
    John%20Berger
    “Nakedness reveals itself. Nudity is placed on display. The nude is condemned to never being naked. Nudity is a form of dress.”
  • Milan Kundera
    Milan%20Kundera
    “Nudity is the uniform of the other side... nudity is a shroud.”
  • Julia Roberts
    Julia Roberts
    “I wouldn't do nudity in films. To act with my clothes on is a performance. To act with my clothes off is a documentary.”
  • Mae West
    Mae%20West
    “When you get the personality, you don't need the nudity.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. nudité,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. nudus, naked.

Usage

In literature:

The sunny landscape, of which her pure nudity was a part, seemed to belong to the time before Adam and Eve were driven from Paradise.
"Atlantis" by Gerhart Hauptmann
The nudity of the stones led to glaring colors everywhere.
"Operation: Outer Space" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
The nudity is only incidental to the general effect, and the subject seems entirely unconscious of the fact.
"Continental Monthly , Vol V. Issue III. March, 1864" by Various
Doubtless to those still baffled by its nudity, his music appears thin.
"Musical Portraits" by Paul Rosenfeld
Not by Sexual Selection, for there is not the slightest evidence that nudity was ever popular in apedom.
"Fables of Infidelity and Facts of Faith" by Robert Patterson
At the same time, the limbs are sometimes almost in a state of nudity.
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
Germany was recovering from this rage for nudity which had assumed some proportions.
"Villa Elsa" by Stuart Henry
Nudity rites, 134 note, 150, 173.
"The Witch-cult in Western Europe" by Margaret Alice Murray
The children up to a certain age are seen in a state of entire nudity.
"Travels in the Far East" by Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
And since the adopted Jewish custom excludes nudity in life, it must needs die in art.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 62, No. 384, October 1847" by Various
But he changed completely, more spectacular in his nudity than even the most ornate robes could make him.
"The Alembic Plot" by Ann Wilson
Although he'd never visited any, he knew the Empire held worlds where nudity was unremarkable.
"Fearful Symmetry" by Ann Wilson
The fact of his being clad at all does prove his essential nudity.
"The Will to Believe" by William James
The Chunchos, when on their expeditions, are almost in a state of nudity.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
Now I am no worshipper of nudity.
"Child and Country" by Will Levington Comfort
Mozelkatse, in a state of nudity nearly as complete as that of his subjects, was in high good humour, and welcomed them warmly.
"The Ruined Cities of Zululand" by Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley
This did nothing whatever in the way of covering his nudity but rather accentuated and added to it.
"Quest of the Golden Ape" by Ivar Jorgensen
Their nudity is complete, and their unconsciousness absolute.
"Pioneering in Cuba" by James Meade Adams
Patches of frosty white softened the lines of the house and draped the self-conscious nudity of the sculpture in the sunken garden.
"The Guarded Heights" by Wadsworth Camp
There was no resemblance between the two, save in the Austrian nudity of their chins.
"The Patriot" by Antonio Fogazzaro
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In poetry:

Yet, are they dead? Still stricken blind,
Tiresiaslike, are they that see,
With bold uncompromising mind,
Wisdom in utter nudity;
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
My hands
Open the curtains of your being
Clothe you in a further nudity
Uncover the bodies of your body
My hands
Invent another body for your body
"Touch" by Octavio Paz

In news:

Rated R (for strong bloody violence, language, and some sexuality/nudity).
She saw the dancers, the nudity, the shows.
Anti-nudity law an example of gay mainstream .
San Francisco Supervisors Vote To Expand City's Nudity Ban.
R for pervasive sexual content, brief graphic nudity, language and some drug use.
NOT SAFE FOR WORK NUDITY.
San Francisco narrowly bans public nudity.
Judge urged to dismiss suit on San Francisco nudity ban.
SF Supes Approve Nudity Ban.
Anti- nudity law an example of gay mainstream.
San Francisco approves ban on public nudity , shedding its free-spirited image.
San Francisco shed a vestige of its free-spirited past as local lawmakers narrowly approved a citywide ban on public nudity .
San Fran bans public nudity , sort of (VIDEO).
Supervisors approve nudity ban on close vote.
Lots of shrinks say that if you have a fear, the best way to get rid of it is to do exactly what it is you're afraid of — Unless your fear is public nudity.
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