brīvestība

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Latvian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From brīvs (free) +‎ -ība, maybe by analogy with mīlestība. First attested in the late 18th, early 19th century with the meaning (legally, juridically given) “permission,” “privilege.”[1]

Noun[edit]

brīvestība f (4th declension)

  1. (dated) freedom, liberty (situation in which there is no subordination, dependence)
    visu viltību un ļaunu / gribēja viņš izdeldēt / un starp visiem vienlīdzības, / brīvestības sēklu sēt — all deceit and evil / he wanted to destroy / and among all of equality / and of freedom to sow the seed

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Usage notes[edit]

The word brīvība is the most frequent term used in the sense “freedom,” “liberty.” Its synonyms brīve, brīvestība, and svabadība, though attested, are clearly dated or old-fashioned.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ “brīvs” in Konstantīns Karulis (1992, 2001), Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (Rīga: AVOTS) ISBN: 9984-700-12-7.