libertine

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj libertine unrestrained by convention or morality "Congreve draws a debauched aristocratic society","deplorably dissipated and degraded","riotous living","fast women"
    • n libertine a dissolute person; usually a man who is morally unrestrained
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Libertine A defamatory name for a freethinker.
    • Libertine (Rom. Antiq) A manumitted slave; a freedman; also, the son of a freedman.
    • Libertine Dissolute; licentious; profligate; loose in morals; as, libertine principles or manners.
    • Libertine Free from restraint; uncontrolled. "You are too much libertine ."
    • Libertine One free from restraint; one who acts according to his impulses and desires; now, specifically, one who gives rein to lust; a rake; a debauchee. "Like a puffed and reckless libertine ,
      Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads."
    • Libertine (Eccl. Hist) One of a sect of Anabaptists, in the fifteenth and early part of the sixteenth century, who rejected many of the customs and decencies of life, and advocated a community of goods and of women.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n libertine In Roman history, a freedman; a person manumitted or set free from legal servitude.
    • n libertine A member of a Jewish synagogue mentioned in Acts vi. 9, probably composed of descendants of Jewish freedmen who had been expelled from Rome by Tiberius, and had returned to Palestine.
    • n libertine A freeman of an incorporate town or city.
    • n libertine One who is free from or does not submit to restraint; one who is free in thought and action.
    • n libertine One who holds loose views with regard to the laws of religion or morality; an irreligious person; a free-thinker.
    • n libertine [capitalized] A member of a pantheistic, antinomian sect which existed about 1530 in France and neighboring countries. The Libertines maintained that God alone exists, and that there is no distinction between right and wrong, since man, in obeying his own impulses, obeys God, who is in him, and consequently can never commit sin. The sect became grossly sensual, and finally disappeared.
    • n libertine A man given to the indulgence of lust; one who leads a dissolute, licentious life; a rake; a debauchee.
    • libertine Free; unrestrained.
    • libertine Licentious; dissolute; not under the restraint of or in accord with law or religion: as, libertine principles.
    • n libertine At Aberdeen University, a free scholar; one who has no bursary. See bursary, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Libertine formerly one who professed free opinions, esp. in religion: one who leads a licentious life, a rake or debauchee
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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

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. libertinus, freedman, from libertus, one made free, fr. liber, free: cf. F. libertin,. See Liberal
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. libertas.

Usage

In literature:

In the mean time the libertine Plindorf was plotting destruction to the fair Bianca.
"An Old Sailor's Yarns" by Nathaniel Ames
Richard West was a gambler and a libertine.
"Shoulder-Straps" by Henry Morford
Or suppose she is bringing up a daughter; she has a sacred right to protect that daughter from a libertine.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume V"
Does the libertine believe in the sacredness of sex?
"Sex=The Unknown Quantity" by Ali Nomad
God appears to be the chartered libertine of this planet.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
Amid confusion and tumult libertines take advantage of the fright and the weakness of woman.
"Friars and Filipinos" by Jose Rizal
He would never be a libertine, a drunkard, a gambler, a thief.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
Think how our sainted mother would feel if she could see her little Annie in the power of a heartless libertine.
"The Somnambulist and the Detective" by Allan Pinkerton
He tries to be a good father; he boasts himself a libertine.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 3 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Did not the lover change into the libertine?
"La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages" by Jules Michelet
It suits only dogs and libertines.
"A Christian But a Roman" by Mór Jókai
All his mature years he had been a libertine, cold, clever, selfish.
"Belford's Magazine, Vol 2, December 1888" by Various
The result is mental intoxication and libertinism.
"Among the Wild Tribes of the Afghan Frontier" by T. L. Pennell
The man is not a libertine, but a realist.
"Belcaro" by Vernon Lee
You are the chartered libertines of fiction.
"A Day's Ride A Life's Romance" by Charles James Lever
We do not think, however, that he was ever really a libertine.
"Women of Mediæval France" by Pierce Butler
Her other characters included Louison ("Henri Quatre"), Zerlina ("The Libertine"), &c.
"Norfolk Annals A Chronological Record of Remarkable Events in the Nineteeth Century, Vol. 1" by Charles Mackie
How dared that handsome libertine profane Claire Denville by even thinking of her?
"The Master of the Ceremonies" by George Manville Fenn
Quintin (Jean), Heretic of Picardy, and alleged founder of the Libertines.
"A Biographical Dictionary of Freethinkers of All Ages and Nations" by Joseph Mazzini Wheeler
To hear him joke about matrimony, for instance, you would take him for a libertine.
"English Pharisees and French Crocodiles" by Max O'Rell
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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.
See all the pictures from the LIBERTINE collections from LIBERTINE .
Also, you should TOTALLY go to The Libertine 's Breakfast Beer Dinner (I'd really like to think I was an inspiration) Wednesday August 29th at 7pm.
Libertine on the Loose.
The Libertine Police State Live-and-let-live is not the sexual revolution's endgame.
Energy ran the runway for Libertine 's fall collection.
For the latest giveaway with Rome Snowboards, we are giving you the chance to slip your feet into a brand spankin' new pair of Rome Libertine Boots.
This summer Hartig is busy working on Libertine 's spring 2012 collection, which he'll show in New York on Sept 10.
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 .
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.
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