Na'kedness. n.s. [from naked.]
- Nudity; want of covering.
My face I'll grime with filth;
And with presented nakedness out-face
The winds and persecutions of the sky. Sha. K. Lear.
Nor he their outward only, with the skins
Of beasts; but inward nakedness, much more
Opprobrious! with his robe of rightcousness
Arraying, cover'd from his father's sight. Milton.
I entreat my gentle readers to sow on their tuckers again, and not to imitate the nakedness, but the innocence of their mother Eve. Addison's Guard. №. 100.
Thou to be strong must put off every dress,
Thy only armour is thy nakedness. Prior.
- Want of provision for defence.
Spies, to see the nakedness of the land are come. Gen. xlii. 9.
- Plainness; evidence; want of concealment.
Why seek'st thou to cover with excuse
That which appears in proper nakedness? Shakes.