libertinism

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libertine +‎ -ism

Noun[edit]

libertinism (plural libertinisms)

  1. A lifestyle or pattern of behavior characterized by self-indulgence and lack of restraint, especially one involving sexual promiscuity and rejection of religious or other moral authority.
    • 1852, William Makepeace Thackeray, The History of Henry Esmond, Esq., ch. 13,
      The lord made a boast of his libertinism, and frequently avowed that he held all women to be fair game.
    • 1855, Washington Irving, "The Grand Prior of Minorca: A Veritable Ghost Story," in Chronicles of Wolfert's Roost and Other Papers,
      They led a life of luxury and libertinism, and were to be found in the most voluptuous courts of Europe.
    • 1990, David Gross and Sophfronia Scott, "Proceeding With Caution," Time, 16 Jul.,
      Only on college campuses do remnants of libertinism linger. That worries public-health officials, who are witnessing an explosion of sexually transmitted diseases.
    • 1993, Peter N. Miller, "‘Freethinking’ and ‘Freedom of Thought’ in Eighteenth-Century Britain," The Historical Journal, vol. 36, no. 3, p. 601:
      To facilitate their counter-attack, the targets of this critique sought to reduce the plurality of libertinisms to a simple libertine personality.

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