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libertine

[lib-er-teen, -tin] /ˈlɪb ərˌtin, -tɪn/
noun
1.
a person who is morally or sexually unrestrained, especially a dissolute man; a profligate; rake.
2.
a freethinker in religious matters.
3.
a person freed from slavery in ancient Rome.
adjective
4.
free of moral, especially sexual, restraint; dissolute; licentious.
5.
freethinking in religious matters.
6.
Archaic. unrestrained; uncontrolled.
Origin of libertine
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English libertyn < Latin lībertīnus of a freedman (adj.), freedman (noun), equivalent to lībert(us) freedman (apparently by reanalysis of liber-tās liberty as libert-ās) + -īnus -ine1
Synonyms
1. roué, debauchee, lecher, sensualist. 4. amoral, sensual, lascivious, lewd.
Antonyms
1. prude.
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libertine

/ˈlɪbəˌtiːn; -ˌtaɪn/
noun
1.
a morally dissolute person
adjective
2.
morally dissolute
Derived Forms
libertinage, libertinism, noun
Word Origin
C14 (in the sense: freedman, dissolute person): from Latin lībertīnus freedman, from lībertus freed, from līber free
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Word Origin and History for libertine
n.

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.

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