libertine


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lib·er·tine

 (lĭb′ər-tēn′)
n.
1. One who acts without moral restraint; a dissolute person.
2. One who defies established religious precepts; a freethinker.
adj.
Morally unrestrained; dissolute.

[Middle English, freedman, from Latin lībertīnus, from lībertus, from līber, free; see leudh- in Indo-European roots.]

libertine

(ˈlɪbəˌtiːn; -ˌtaɪn)
n
a morally dissolute person
adj
morally dissolute
[C14 (in the sense: freedman, dissolute person): from Latin lībertīnus freedman, from lībertus freed, from līber free]
ˈliberˌtinage, ˈlibertinˌism n

lib•er•tine

(ˈlɪb ərˌtin, -tɪn)

n.
1. a person who is morally or sexually unrestrained; a profligate; rake.
2. a freethinker in religious matters.
3. a person freed from slavery in ancient Rome.
adj.
4. free of moral, esp. sexual, restraint; licentious.
[1350–1400; Middle English libertyn < Latin lībertīnus of a freedman (adj.), freedman (n.) =lībert(us) freedman (appar. by reanalysis of liber-tās liberty as libert-ās) + -īnus -ine1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.libertine - a dissolute person; usually a man who is morally unrestrained
adulterer, fornicator - someone who commits adultery or fornication
bad person - a person who does harm to others
gigolo - a man who has sex with and is supported by a woman
profligate, rake, rakehell, rip, roue, blood - a dissolute man in fashionable society
ladies' man, lady killer, seducer - a man who takes advantage of women
swinger, tramp - a person who engages freely in promiscuous sex
debaucher, ravisher, violator - someone who assaults others sexually
philanderer, womaniser, womanizer - a man who likes many women and has short sexual relationships with them
Adj.1.libertine - unrestrained by convention or morality; "Congreve draws a debauched aristocratic society"; "deplorably dissipated and degraded"; "riotous living"; "fast women"
immoral - deliberately violating accepted principles of right and wrong

libertine

noun
1. reprobate, seducer, profligate, womanizer, rake, swinger (slang), lecher, roué, sensualist, voluptuary, debauchee, lech or letch (informal), loose liver a self-confessed coward, libertine and scoundrel
adjective

libertine

noun
An immoral or licentious person:
adjective
Marked by an absence of conventional restraint in sexual behavior; sexually unrestrained:
Translations

libertine

[ˈlɪbətiːn] Nlibertino/a m/f

libertine

nWüstling m, → Libertin m (geh)
References in classic literature ?
I do not mean to justify myself, but at the same time cannot leave you to suppose that I have nothing to urge--that because she was injured she was irreproachable, and because I was a libertine, SHE must be a saint.
What could I think - what DID I think - but that you were a young libertine in everything but experience, and had fallen into hands that had experience enough, and could manage you (having the fancy) for your own good?
Such an expression is often mistaken for manly frankness, when in truth it arises from the reckless indifference of a libertine disposition, conscious of superiority of birth, of wealth, or of some other adventitious advantage, totally unconnected with personal merit.
Yet perhaps the virtue of those reverend sages was too strict for the corrupt and libertine manners of a court: and we often find by experience, that young men are too opinionated and volatile to be guided by the sober dictates of their seniors.
Maidens and modesty, as I have said, wandered at will alone and unattended, without fear of insult from lawlessness or libertine assault, and if they were undone it was of their own will and pleasure.
All the libertine graces of his youth reappeared; he seemed to have the wealth of three hundred thousand francs of debt, while his vis-a-vis waited before the door.
I don't know what you mean, nor do I even desire to know what you mean," replied the cardinal; "but I wish to please you, and see nothing out of the way in giving you what you demand with respect to so infamous a creature--the more so as you tell me this D'Artagnan is a libertine, a duelist, and a traitor.
Not only have evil folk brought you to ruin, but there comes also an old rascal of a libertine to insult you
In his youth he had been a dissolute libertine, but was converted by Mother Ann herself, and had partaken of the wild fanaticism of the early Shakers.
Each man vied with his neighbor in pointing them out and naming them, in seeing who should recognize at least one of them: this one, the Bishop of Marseilles (Alaudet, if my memory serves me right);--this one, the primicier of Saint-Denis;--this one, Robert de Lespinasse, Abbé of Saint-Germain des Prés, that libertine brother of a mistress of Louis XI.
You do not scruple to make a libertine of that noble man; you call him a sensualist as coolly as if you were speaking the truth, and yet it would not be possible to find a chaster man.
Vain and egotistical, supple and proud, libertine and gourmand, grasping from the pressure of debt, discreet as a tomb out of which nought issues to contradict the epitaph intended for the passer's eye, bold and fearless when soliciting, good-natured and witty in all acceptations of the word, a timely jester, full of tact, knowing how to compromise others by a glance or a nudge, shrinking from no mudhole, but gracefully leaping it, intrepid Voltairean, yet punctual at mass if a fashionable company could be met in Saint Thomas Aquinas,--such a man as this secretary- general resembled, in one way or another, all the mediocrities who form the kernel of the political world.