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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 redz — what 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 dienas — the 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 9984-700-12-7