Definition: the act of mentally undressing someone, imagining someone naked.

Pronunciation: apo-DI-opsis


My favorite words are those that are nowhere to be found in day-to-day dictionaries! Apodyopsis is one of these words, although it can be found with a similar definition in the -yes- urban dictionary; probably because it’s so cool. But on top of it- it is also an actual Greek word. The Greek ‘apo’, although bares many meanings as a prefix, means “off” or “away”. The Greek ‘dy’ is part of apodyterium, which contains both ‘apo’ and ‘dy’ and refers to a dressing room, or- a room where people undress. The latter part of the word, opsis, has to do with vision and sight (such as optic and many other “op” words”). Taking all together- we get an action of undressing someone using our eyes!

Why this word?

I’ll just bluntly say it- because we need a word for it! Men and women, of all ages- all do it. Some are more brave doing so, others shy- but ether way- this is a practice done by all and we may as well have a word for it. The human body, especially when naked, is the original reason for our word being what it now is, it is the most carnal point to human curiosity. If we didn’t begin with apodyposis, then move on to taking actual action- we probably wouldn’t even have computers today!

Disclaimer- now in a loving and most fulfilling relationship- surely I practice less apodyposis than I used to 🙂

How to use the word apodyposis in a sentence?

Apodyposis is a noun, that it is something that you do, and not something that you are doing.

“Karen, really, this paper has to be done in 30 minutes and you are busy practicing apodyposis with John!”


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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.


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