Synonyms for nakedness

Grammar : Noun
Spell : ney-kid
Phonetic Transcription : ˈneɪ kɪd

Définition of nakedness

Origin :
  • Old English nacod "nude, bare; empty," also "not fully clothed," from Proto-Germanic *nakwathaz (cf. Old Frisian nakad, Middle Dutch naket, Dutch naakt, Old High German nackot, German nackt, Old Norse nökkviðr, Old Swedish nakuþer, Gothic naqaþs "naked"), from PIE root *nogw- "naked" (cf. Sanskrit nagna, Hittite nekumant-, Old Persian *nagna-, Greek gymnos, Latin nudus, Lithuanian nuogas, Old Church Slavonic nagu-, Russian nagoi, Old Irish nocht, Welsh noeth "bare, naked"). Related: Nakedly; nakedness. Applied to qualities, actions, etc., from late 14c. (first in "The Cloud of Unknowing"); phrase naked truth is from 1585, in Alexander Montgomerie's "The Cherry and the Slae":
  • Which thou must (though it grieve thee) grantI trumped never a man.But truely told the naked trueth,To men that meld with mee,For neither rigour, nor for rueth,But onely loath to lie.[Montgomerie, 1585]
  • Phrase naked as a jaybird (1943) was earlier naked as a robin (1879, in a Shropshire context); the earliest known comparative based on it was naked as a needle (late 14c.). Naked eye is from 1660s, unnecessary in the world before telescopes and microscopes.
  • noun nudity
Example sentences :
  • And as for cold and nakedness, they are evils introduced by luxury and custom.
  • Extract from : « Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2 » by Henry Fielding
  • Lorenzi stood before him, splendid in his nakedness like a young god.
  • Extract from : « Casanova's Homecoming » by Arthur Schnitzler
  • Since then the ivy has grown over them to hide their nakedness.
  • Extract from : « English Villages » by P. H. Ditchfield
  • He had uncovered his nakedness—the nakedness of his soul itself.
  • Extract from : « The Manxman » by Hall Caine
  • He had covered his nakedness with an ill-fitting fatigue suit.
  • Extract from : « The Martian Cabal » by Roman Frederick Starzl
  • I was petrified; for these words shewed me my danger in all its nakedness.
  • Extract from : « The Memoires of Casanova, Complete » by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • Often had I seen them thus before—but never in the nakedness of passion.
  • Extract from : « St. Cuthbert's » by Robert E. Knowles
  • Such a return to the nakedness of the brute must be retrograde.
  • Extract from : « Diderot and the Encyclopdists » by John Morley
  • Waves of heat crept like ghost fires across the nakedness of the scene.
  • Extract from : « Erik Dorn » by Ben Hecht
  • Ukhat exposed her breast, revealed her nakedness, took off her clothing.
  • Extract from : « The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria » by Morris Jastrow

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