Origin of libertine
Examples from the Web for libertine
In this way, bisexual is code for libertine, which is something else altogether.
And they were both these libertine figures during their lives.
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|Michael Daly|August 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Christopher Dickey|December 11, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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|Christopher Dickey|November 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
I have mentioned to you before that Louis Bonaparte is both a drunkard and a libertine.Memoirs of the Court of St. Cloud, Complete|Lewis Goldsmith
The libertine is ever deformed; the flatterer is ever disgusting.Secresy|E. (Eliza) Fenwick
It has been said that Shelley was a libertine, but there seems to be no proof for this assertion.The Radicalism of Shelley and Its Sources|Daniel J. MacDonald
He is no fool, child; and libertine enough of conscience; and thou art not the first in the list of his credulous harlots.Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded|Samuel Richardson
We do not think, however, that he was ever really a libertine.Women of Medival France|Pierce Butler
British Dictionary definitions for libertine
Word Origin for libertine
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.