• WordNet 3.6
    • n licentiate holds a license (degree) from a (European) university
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Licentiate A friar authorized to receive confessions and grant absolution in all places, independently of the local clergy.
    • Licentiate On the continent of Europe, a university degree intermediate between that of bachelor and that of doctor.
    • Licentiate One who acts without restraint, or takes a liberty, as if having a license therefor.
    • Licentiate One who has a license to exercise a profession; as, a licentiate in medicine or theology. "The college of physicians, in July, 1687, published an edict, requiring all the fellows, candidates, and licentiates , to give gratuitous advice to the neighboring poor."
    • v. t Licentiate To give a license to.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • licentiate To give license or permission to; encourage by license.
    • n licentiate One who has license to practice an art or a profession.
    • n licentiate Specifically— A friar licensed by the Pope to hear confession, grant absolution, and inflict penance in any place independently of the local clergy.
    • n licentiate In non-episcopal churches, as the Presbyterian, a person licensed to preach and perform the ordinary services of public worship, prior to being ordained as a pastor.
    • n licentiate One who behaves in a licentious manner; one who transcends the bounds of due restraint and decorum.
    • n licentiate The condition of having a license; specifically, in continental Europe, an academical dignity which intervenes between the baccalaureate and the doctorate, and is a step toward the doctor's degree.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Licentiate among Presbyterians, a person authorised by a Presbytery to preach: on the Continent, an academical dignity, forming the step from the baccalaureate to the doctorate
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  • Jeremy Collier
    Jeremy Collier
    “Idleness is an inlet to disorder, and makes way for licentiousness. People who have nothing to do are quickly tired of their own company.”
  • Edward Gibbon
    “My English text is chaste, and all licentious passages are left in the obscurity of a learned language.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. licentiatus, fr. licentiare, to allow to do anything, fr. L. licentia, license. See License (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. licentialicet.


In literature:

The history of infidelity I found to be a history of licentiousness, and of every abomination.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
Every line on every page of the history of those dark days teem and reek with the abandon of licentiousness, nor could this be otherwise.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
It was flippant, careless, licentious.
"A Text-Book of the History of Painting" by John C. Van Dyke
England had not entered upon its phase of Puritan bigotry, nor on its licentious Anti-Puritan vengeance.
"Platform Monologues" by T. G. Tucker
In the church, Bruno found only skepticism and licentiousness, ignorance and tyranny.
"Continental Monthly , Vol I, Issue I, January 1862" by Various
Security was therefore demanded from the licentiate that he would incept within a year; and, if he omitted to do so, he was fined.
"The Customs of Old England" by F. J. Snell
You say we are a licentious lot; well, so are you.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 22. July, 1878." by Various
Licentiate Don Bartolome de Canedo is master crossbearer.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXV, 1635-36" by Various
Liberty of commerce between the sexes was indulged, but without any licentiousness of manners.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part D. From Elizabeth to James I." by David Hume
Birmingham, Bristol, Chippenham, Norwich, and Reading, were filled with licentious riot.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett

In poetry:

Unto my betters, whether great or small,
I must with decent deference behave,
And due submission show unto them all,
And ne'er licentiously against them rave.
"The Ten Commandments " by Rees Prichard
Unbridled licentiousness with no holds barred,
Immediate and mutual lust, satisfiable
In the heat, upon demand, aroused again
And satisfied again, lechery unlimited.
"Reading Pornography in Old Age" by Howard Nemerov
How long perverted, had the Comic scene,
(The flattering reflex of a sensual age)
Shown prurient Folly's rank licentious mien,
Refined, embellish'd on the pander stage:
"Sheridan" by Thomas Gent
"But, led by Fortune's hand, her darling child,
My youth her vain licentious bliss admired;
In Fortune's train the syren Flattery smiled,
And rashly hallow'd all her queen inspired.
"Elegy XXVI. Describing the Sorrow of An Ingeneous Mind" by William Shenstone
Last night, as my dear babe lay dead,
Before mine eyes the vision spread
Of things that might have been:
Licentious riot, cruel strife,
Forgotten prayers, a wasted life
Dark red with sin!
"The Dead Babe" by Eugene Field
Know its spirit, disdaining restriction, sententious,
Its right shall assert to select and adore,
Unlike in all else to that passion licentious,
Which seeks what is sensual, and seeks for no more.
"How Canst Thou Doubt?" by Charlotte Dacre

In news:

This weekend, the New York Times ran a story called "The Downside of Cohabiting Before Marriage" and conservatives instantly seized on it as more proof of the obvious perils of modern, licentious existence.
In Verdi's "Rigoletto" the title character, a hunchback jester in the court of the licentious Duke of Mantua, dominates almost every scene.
Manhattan's reputation for public licentiousness goes back to its days as a Dutch trading outpost.
Avenue Q' at WCLOC licentiously entertaining.
So when did licentiousness become an inalienable right.
Researchers accuse press of 'licentious' coverage of animal studies.

In science:

Vattulainen, “New tests of random numbers for simulations in physical systems” , Licentiate Thesis, Tampere University of Technology (1994); arXiv:9411062 [cond-mat].
Pseudo-random number generators for Monte Carlo simulations on Graphics Processing Units
University of Gothenburg and Chalmers Technical University (licentiate thesis). Martel, C. and Nguyen, V. (2004) Analyzing kleinbergs (and other) small-world models.
The Scaling laws of Spatial Structure in Social Networks
Licentiate thesis, Department of Computer Systems, Uppsala University, Sweden, May 1994.
Theory of processes
Blanchfield, Licentiate Thesis, Univ. of Stockholm, t o appear. 26. E.
Gleason, Kochen-Specker, and a competition that never was