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1. The state or quality of being libertine.
2. The behavior characteristic of a libertine; promiscuity.


(ˈlɪb ər tiˌnɪz əm, -tɪ-)

libertine practices or habits; disregard of convention, esp. in sexual matters.


a tendency to unrestrained, often licentious or dissolute conduct. Also libertinage. — libertine, n., adj.
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Excessive freedom; lack of restraint:
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And so the young man passes out of his original nature, which was trained in the school of necessity, into the freedom and libertinism of useless and unnecessary pleasures.
I wasted my energies in numberless frivolous pursuits, and in the short-lived love intrigues that are the disgrace of salons in Paris, where every one seeks for love, grows blase in the pursuit, falls into the libertinism sanctioned by polite society, and ends by feeling as much astonished at real passion as the world is over a heroic action.
Unbridled freedom and anarchy are twins and libertinism implies: 'Everything is permitted.
And, in case the number of lives broken by our sexual libertinism is not sufficiently compelling evidence, then perhaps their maldistribution might suffice.
But nothing about political libertarianism implies libertinism.
Istanbul speaks of mystery, Rio de Janeiro of zestful libertinism and Shanghai of rapid reinvention.
In this sense alone is there any similarity between liberty and libertinism, between ambition and lust.
Its character as a genuinely underground organization radicalized the Green Lamp, and this radicalization found expression in an ostentatious attitude of libertinism.
On the other hand, it would help to shift the emphasis from two diametrically opposed positions sustaining either his Whiggism (Hughes) or his staunch Toryism (Canfield), both equally convincing, depending on the play considered, to a different kind of politics, that borrows elements from both positions: an essentially syncretic discourse that extols libertinism and mocks puritan morality while, at the same time, containing their opposites: the disappearance or rather the extenuation of libertinism and a measured promotion of marriage.
The accepted performance of conservatism halted where libertarians became hostile to religion, where antistatism became antimilitarism, where libertarianism and libertinism became indistinguishable.
The principles of radical sexual autonomy, freedom from any form of moral judgment, and government support to ameliorate the consequences of sexual libertinism are present in the fights over abortion, gay rights, and now transgender issues.
Yet when our fellow human beings look at America through the screen of our entertainment, what they see most darkly is a rejection of tradition, religion, family and every kind of institutional restraint, in favor of unseemly egotism and libertinism.