Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Naked or Nude (Confusing Words Part 7 of 12)

Only recently have I considered the difference between naked and nude and realized I ignorantly used the two words incorrectly. Naked, aside from the obvious meaning of wearing no clothes, can also be a metaphor that a person is vulnerable or unprotected. Or it can refer to something plain and unadorned, such as the clich├ęd term naked truth.

Nude means simply unclothed. When artists paint a human figure, we refer to them as nudes.

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