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Apr 12, 2016
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snowclone
ecdysiast
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ecdysiast

PRONUNCIATION:
(ek-DIZ-ee-ast)

MEANING:
noun: A person who disrobes to provide entertainment for others.

ETYMOLOGY:
Coined by writer and editor H.L. Mencken in 1940, from ecdysis (shedding or molting), from Greek ekdysis (casting off), from ek- (out) + dyein (to put on).

USAGE:
“Lena Dunham drenched the market with her formidable musings under the title of Not That Kind of Girl, a biography memoir in the great tradition of Pamela Anderson and other literary ecdysiasts.”
Rex Murphy; The Year in Activist Feminism; National Post (Canada); Dec 27, 2014.

See more usage examples of ecdysiast in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
All religions united with government are more or less inimical to liberty. All, separated from government, are compatible with liberty. -Henry Clay, statesman and orator (12 Apr 1777-1852)

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