brīve

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Latvian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

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)

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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, in 2 vols, Rīga: AVOTS, ISBN 9984-700-12-7