Libertinism

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Libertinism Licentious conduct; debauchery; lewdness.
    • Libertinism Licentiousness of principle or opinion. "That spirit of religion and seriousness vanished all at once, and a spirit of liberty and libertinism , of infidelity and profaneness, started up in the room of it."
    • Libertinism The state of a libertine or freedman.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n libertinism The exercise of the privileges and rights of a libertine or freedman; exemption from servitude and its disabilities.
    • n libertinism The state of being free or unrestrained in thought or action.
    • n libertinism Irreligiousness; regardlessness of the dictates of morality.
    • n libertinism The character or conduct of a libertine or rake; licentiousness; unrestrained indulgence of lust; debauchery; lewdness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Libertinism licentiousness of opinion or practice: lewdness or debauchery
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Quotations

  • William Pitt
    William Pitt
    “The press is like the air, a chartered libertine.”
  • George Santayana
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    “It is easier to make a saint out of a libertine than out of a prig.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. libertas.

Usage

In literature:

I don't believe you are a real libertine.
"Grey Town" by Gerald Baldwin
They are not libertines.
"The Young Farmer: Some Things He Should Know" by Thomas Forsyth Hunt
In his early years he dissipated almost all his patrimony in libertinism and debauchery.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 3 of 8" by Various
Call me libertine, or call me man of fashion; 'tis all one.
"A Daughter of Raasay" by William MacLeod Raine
A frank libertine may be an amusing fellow.
"The Orchard of Tears" by Sax Rohmer
This was my plan for punishing the hoary libertine, and you shall see how well I carried it out.
"City Crimes" by Greenhorn
As she was pretty, a libertine would have tried to seduce her.
"A Book About Lawyers" by John Cordy Jeaffreson
In addition to his cruel persecution of the Gospellers, he had been a notorious libertine.
"Robin Tremayne" by Emily Sarah Holt
The Restoration crushed for a time the Puritan party, and placed supreme power in the hands of a libertine.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
The old libertine spoke truly when he declared that he had never before seen such a beautiful woman.
"Venus in Boston;" by George Thompson
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In news:

When I was 20, I turned aside the 'traditional' values I was brought up with and decided that it was easier and more fun to live the libertine lifestyle safe sex and all that jazz.
Most Liberal, Libertarian, Libertine State.
In France, "Libertinage" has a long history in the culture, dating from a 16th-century religious sect of French libertines .
2101 Greenville Ave. A touchstone gastropub since before people started using that silly term around these parts, the Libertine offers upscale cuisine at bar-food prices and has a great selection of craft beers and imports.
The only thing better than the Libertine 's bar food is the Libertine 's bar food on Tuesdays.
THE LIBERTINE Directed by Laurene Dunmore Starring Johnny Depp, Samantha Morton and John Malkovich Playing a limited, one-week engagement at the Angelika beginning November 25 18 W Houston between Broadway and Mercer (212-995-2000.
Depp's 'Libertine' a pompous bore.
"You will not like me," John Wilmot (Johnny Depp), the 2nd Earl of Rochester, promises at the opening of The Libertine.
INTERVIEWS Want Some Libertines Demos.
Ex-Libertines singer (and former boyfriend of supermodel Kate Moss) Pete Doherty has handed off a painting drawn with the blood of the late Winehouse to Sotheby's for auction.
More than a dozen acts are slated to play this annual benefit show, and we hope they've got another stage going for the night, or else it's going to be real intimate inside Libertine.
At Libertine Pub in Morro Bay, a vodka dijon salmon topped with spinach and tomato is paired with Firestone's Double DBA.
Come backstage at Libertine with Zac Sebastian.
When you mix glitter and dirt, a certain kind of magic happens: The kind we saw last night at Libertine.
The only thing better than the Libertine's bar food is the Libertine's bar food on Tuesdays.
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