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Na'kedness. n.s. [from naked.]

  1. 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.

    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.

  2. Want of provision for defence.

    Spies, to see the nakedness of the land are come. Gen. xlii. 9.

  3. Plainness; evidence; want of concealment.

    Why seek'st thou to cover with excuse
    That which appears in proper nakedness?

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · The Bible - Genesis (48) · Shakespeare's King Lear (144) · Milton, John (449) · Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing (23) · Prior, Matthew (162)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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