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English Dictionary: libertine by the DICT Development Group
4 results for libertine
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. unrestrained by convention or morality; "Congreve draws a debauched aristocratic society"; "deplorably dissipated and degraded"; "riotous living"; "fast women"
    Synonym(s): debauched, degenerate, degraded, dissipated, dissolute, libertine, profligate, riotous, fast
  1. a dissolute person; usually a man who is morally unrestrained
    Synonym(s): libertine, debauchee, rounder
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Libertine \Lib"er*tine\, a. [L. libertinus of a freedman: cf. F.
      libertin. See {Libertine}, n. ]
      1. Free from restraint; uncontrolled. [Obs.]
                     You are too much libertine.               --Beau. & Fl.
      2. Dissolute; licentious; profligate; loose in morals; as,
            libertine principles or manners. --Bacon.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Libertine \Lib"er*tine\ (-t[icr]n), n. [L. libertinus freedman,
      from libertus one made free, fr. liber free: cf. F. libertin.
      See {Liberal}.]
      1. (Rom. Antiq.) A manumitted slave; a freedman; also, the
            son of a freedman.
      2. (Eccl. Hist.) One of a sect of Anabaptists, in the
            fifteenth and early part of the sixteenth century, who
            rejected many of the customs and decencies of life, and
            advocated a community of goods and of women.
      3. One free from restraint; one who acts according to his
            impulses and desires; now, specifically, one who gives
            rein to lust; a rake; a debauchee.
                     Like a puffed and reckless libertine, Himself the
                     primrose path of dalliance treads.      --Shak.
      4. A defamatory name for a freethinker. [Obsoles.]

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary [easton]:
      found only Acts 6:9, one who once had been a slave, but who had
      been set at liberty, or the child of such a person. In this case
      the name probably denotes those descendants of Jews who had been
      carried captives to Rome as prisoners of war by Pompey and other
      Roman generals in the Syrian wars, and had afterwards been
      liberated. In A.D. 19 these manumitted Jews were banished from
      Rome. Many of them found their way to Jerusalem, and there
      established a synagogue.
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