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Liberty

[lib-er-tee] /ˈlɪb ər ti/
noun
1.
a town in W Missouri.
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  • They only have heads and hands; all the rest's just clumps of drapery—we only have "Americans" and "libertys," anyway.

  • He has long since read all the ancient libertys and Colliers and newspapers that are lying on the chairs.

  • Who is not saddened at the thought of precious lives given to libertys defence?

  • Peter hesitated, came to a full-stop opposite one of libertys windows, a tawny riot of gold and amber and copper tints.

    Twos and Threes G. B. Stern
British Dictionary definitions for libertys

liberty

/ˈlɪbətɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the power of choosing, thinking, and acting for oneself; freedom from control or restriction
2.
the right or privilege of access to a particular place; freedom
3.
(often pl) a social action regarded as being familiar, forward, or improper
4.
(often pl) an action that is unauthorized or unwarranted in the circumstances: he took liberties with the translation
5.
  1. authorized leave granted to a sailor
  2. (as modifier): liberty man, liberty boat
6.
at liberty, free, unoccupied, or unrestricted
7.
take liberties, to be overfamiliar or overpresumptuous (with)
8.
take the liberty, to venture or presume (to do something)
Word Origin
C14: from Old French liberté, from Latin lībertās, from līber free
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Word Origin and History for libertys

liberty

n.

late 14c., "free choice, freedom to do as one chooses," from Old French liberté "freedom, liberty, free will" (14c.), from Latin libertatem (nominative libertas) "freedom, condition of a free man; absence of restraint; permission," from liber "free" (see liberal)

The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure it is right. [Learned Hand, 1944]
Nautical sense of "leave of absence" is from 1758. To take liberties "go beyond the bounds of propriety" is from 1620s. Sense of "privileges by grant" (14c.) led to sense of "a person's private land" (mid-15c.), which yielded sense in 18c. England and America of "a district within a county but having its own justice of the peace," and also "a district adjacent to a city and in some degree under its municipal jurisdiction" (e.g. Northern Liberties of Philadelphia). Also cf. Old French libertés "local rights, laws, taxes."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for libertys

liberty

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at liberty

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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