- a person who is morally or sexually unrestrained, especially a dissolute man; a profligate; rake.
- a freethinker in religious matters.
- a person freed from slavery in ancient Rome.
- free of moral, especially sexual, restraint; dissolute; licentious.
- freethinking in religious matters.
- Archaic. unrestrained; uncontrolled.
Origin of libertine
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Examples from the Web for libertine
In this way, bisexual is code for libertine, which is something else altogether.It Ain't Easy Being Bisexual on TV
August 14, 2014
And they were both these libertine figures during their lives.The Art World’s New Gang War
May 1, 2014
She sought to arouse what attention she could by running for governor as the most libertine of libertarians.Kristin Davis, Self-Styled Spitzer Madam, Is Arraigned on Drug Charges
August 7, 2013
Although married to the prominent French heiress and journalist Anne Sinclair, Strauss-Kahn was a libertine of the old school.Dominique Strauss-Kahn Settles With Maid: How the Case Changed France
December 11, 2012
But Strauss-Kahn, 63, was leading the private life of a “libertine,” as he has since admitted.Reports: Dominique Strauss-Kahn Settles With Maid Who Claimed Sexual Assault
November 30, 2012
Libertine as he is, can have no thoughts of any other woman but Clarissa.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
To speak the truth you are simply playing the game of a libertine.A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales
Guy De Maupassant
I loved her; but when I loved her I ceased to be a libertine.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
"It was that libertine brother-in-law of mine, the Duke of Gandia," he said.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
Even the libertine, that pauper in the realm of Love, wants the perfect life.Sex=The Unknown Quantity
- a morally dissolute person
- morally dissolute
Word Origin and History for libertine
late 14c., "a freedman, an emancipated slave," from Latin libertinus "member of a class of freedmen," from libertus "one's freedmen," from liber "free" (see liberal). Sense of "freethinker" is first recorded 1560s, from French libertin (1540s) originally the name given to certain Protestant sects in France and the Low Countries. Meaning "dissolute or licentious person" first recorded 1590s; the darkening of meaning being perhaps due to misunderstanding of Latin libertinus in Acts vi:9. As an adjective by 1570s.