libertine

[ lib-er-teen, -tin ]
/ ˈlɪb ərˌtin, -tɪn /

noun

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.

adjective

free of moral, especially sexual, restraint; dissolute; licentious.
freethinking in religious matters.
Archaic. unrestrained; uncontrolled.

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Origin of libertine

1350–1400; Middle English libertyn<Latin lībertīnus of a freedman (adj.), freedman (noun), equivalent to lībert(us) freedman (apparently by reanalysis of liber-tāsliberty as libert-ās) + -īnus-ine1
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British Dictionary definitions for libertine

libertine
/ (ˈlɪbəˌtiːn, -ˌtaɪn) /

noun

a morally dissolute person

adjective

morally dissolute

Derived forms of libertine

libertinage or libertinism, noun

Word Origin for libertine

C14 (in the sense: freedman, dissolute person): from Latin lībertīnus freedman, from lībertus freed, from līber free
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