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libertinism

or libertinage

[lib-er-tee-niz-uh m, -ti-] /ˈlɪb ər tiˌnɪz əm, -tɪ-/
noun
1.
libertine practices or habits of life; disregard of authority or convention in sexual or religious matters.
Origin of libertinism
1605-1615
1605-15; libertine + -ism
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  • This last picture is of curious historical interest, as a relic of the libertinism of the court of Alexander VI.

    Walks in Rome Augustus J.C. Hare
  • He was pure and chaste in reality, but exhibited every appearance of libertinism.

  • At Whitehall, there was a constant round of dissipation and libertinism.

  • Moreover, as the man advances in years, the fury of his libertinism will go off.

    Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Revolutionism was not only, or chiefly, libertinism; and the wonderful modern France has largely disappointed his predictions.

  • In place of the bloodshed of war, came the deformations of character, libertinism!

    T. De Witt Talmage T. De Witt Talmage
  • In London, George had acquired habits of libertinism, which he carefully concealed from his father and his commercial connections.

    Maria Mary Wollstonecraft
  • His palaces were said to be harems, and his libertinism to put Oriental potentates to the blush.

    The Tragedy of St. Helena Walter Runciman
  • I was soon weary of my visit to this apartment; folly and libertinism were not to my taste.

    The Visions of Quevedo Dom Francisco de Quevedo
  • They now dwelt in sumptuous palaces, lapsing by degrees into utter idleness and libertinism.

    The Story of Malta Maturin M. Ballou

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