libertine

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin libertinus ‎(a freedman, prop. adj., of or belonging to the condition of a freedman), from libertus ‎(a freedman), from liber ‎(free); see liberal, liberate.

Noun[edit]

libertine ‎(plural libertines)

  1. (historical) Someone freed from slavery in Ancient Rome; a freedman.

Etymology 2[edit]

From French libertin

Noun[edit]

libertine ‎(plural libertines)

  1. One who is freethinking in religious matters.
  2. Someone (especially a man) who takes no notice of moral laws, especially those involving sexual propriety; someone loose in morals; a pleasure-seeker.
    • 2007, Choderlos de Laclos, Dangerous Liaisons, tr. Helen Constantine, Penguin 2007, p. 123,
      So the truth of the matter is that a libertine in love, if indeed a libertine can be in love, becomes from that moment in less of a hurry to enjoy the pleasures of the flesh.
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libertine ‎(comparative more libertine, superlative most libertine)

  1. Dissolute, licentious, profligate; loose in morals.
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French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

libertine

  1. feminine singular of libertin

Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

lībertīne

  1. vocative masculine singular of lībertīnus