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See also: brīvē



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


brīve f (4th declension)

  1. (dated, poetic) freedom, liberty (situation in which there is no subordination, dependence)
    kāds dzejai spēks! / tā sirdī kaislu brīves mīlu dedz, / cauri rīta gaismu redzwhat poetic power! / in this heart burns the passionate love of freedom / as through the night one sees the light of morning
    cīnītājs vēlējas iespējami pilnīgāk izmantot savas brīves dienasthe fighter wanted to use as fully as possible his days of freedom (from service)

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.




  1. ^ Karulis, Konstantīns (1992), “brīvs”, in Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (in Latvian), Rīga: AVOTS, →ISBN