libertine

[lib-er-teen, -tin]
noun
1.
a person who is morally or sexually unrestrained, especially a dissolute man; a profligate; rake.
2.
a freethinker in religious matters.
3.
a person freed from slavery in ancient Rome.
adjective
4.
free of moral, especially sexual, restraint; dissolute; licentious.
5.
freethinking in religious matters.
6.
Archaic. unrestrained; uncontrolled.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English libertyn < Latin lībertīnus of a freedman (adj.), freedman (noun), equivalent to lībert(us) freedman (apparently by reanalysis of liber-tās liberty as libert-ās) + -īnus -ine1


1. roué, debauchee, lecher, sensualist. 4. amoral, sensual, lascivious, lewd.


1. prude.
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libertine (ˈlɪbəˌtiːn, -ˌtaɪn)
 
n
1.  a morally dissolute person
 
adj
2.  morally dissolute
 
[C14 (in the sense: freedman, dissolute person): from Latin lībertīnus freedman, from lībertus freed, from līber free]
 
'libertinage
 
n
 
'libertinism
 
n

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libertine
late 14c., "an emancipated slave," from L. libertinus "member of a class of freedmen," from libertus "one's freedmen," from liber "free" (see liberal). Sense of "freethinker" is first recorded 1560s, from Fr. libertin (1540s) originally the name given to certain Protestant
sects in France and the Low Countries. Meaning "dissolute or licentious person" first recorded 1590s; the darkening of meaning being perhaps due to misunderstanding of L. libertinus in Acts vi.9.
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Libertine definition


found only Acts 6:9, one who once had been a slave, but who had been set at liberty, or the child of such a person. In this case the name probably denotes those descendants of Jews who had been carried captives to Rome as prisoners of war by Pompey and other Roman generals in the Syrian wars, and had afterwards been liberated. In A.D. 19 these manumitted Jews were banished from Rome. Many of them found their way to Jerusalem, and there established a synagogue.

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Example sentences
There was an especial article in the law which opened wide the door to libertine husbands and debauched wives.
He took away comedy from behind the fine lady's alcove, or the screen where the libertine was watching her.
They belonged to a well-established libertine tradition.
The drummer is commonly a chartered libertine in the way of conversation.
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