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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
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 ?
Ye did beget this luckless child, and have abandoned him, ye creative libertines. Here, boy; Ahab's cabin shall be Pip's home henceforth, while Ahab lives.
Is it possible that you can have avoided seeing, that these libertines, in their utter disrespect for you, and utter disregard of all gentlemanly behaviour, and almost of decency, have had but one object in introducing themselves here, and that the furtherance of their designs upon a friendless, helpless girl, who, without this humiliating confession, might have hoped to receive from one so much her senior something like womanly aid and sympathy?
Voluptuousness:--but I will have hedges around my thoughts, and even around my words, lest swine and libertine should break into my gardens!--
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.
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.
"If there is any guilt in the case!" answered Allworthy warmly: "Are you then so profligate and abandoned a libertine to doubt whether the breaking the laws of God and man, the corrupting and ruining a poor girl be guilt?
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.
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.; all with many errors and absurdities.
Lady Carey, although she is such a brilliant woman, says and does the most insolent, the most amazing things, and the Prince of Saxe Leinitzer goes everywhere in Europe by the name of the Royal libertine. They are powerful enough almost to dominate society, and we poor people who abide by the conventions are absolutely nowhere beside them.
The flame of a real love burned up the evil weeds fostered by a libertine and dissipated life.
"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!