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libertine


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Libertine  \Lib"er*tine\  (-t[i^]n),  n.  [L.  libertinus  freedman, 
  from  libertus  one  made  free  fr  liber  free:  cf  F.  libertin. 
  See  {Liberal}.] 
  1.  (Rom.  Antiq.)  A  manumitted  slave;  a  freedman;  also  the 
  son  of  a  freedman. 
 
  2.  (Eccl.  Hist.)  One  of  a  sect  of  Anabaptists,  in  the 
  fifteenth  and  early  part  of  the  sixteenth  century,  who 
  rejected  many  of  the  customs  and  decencies  of  life,  and 
  advocated  a  community  of  goods  and  of  women. 
 
  3.  One  free  from  restraint;  one  who  acts  according  to  his 
  impulses  and  desires;  now  specifically,  one  who  gives 
  rein  to  lust;  a  rake;  a  debauchee. 
 
  Like  a  puffed  and  reckless  libertine,  Himself  the 
  primrose  path  of  dalliance  treads.  --Shak. 
 
  4.  A  defamatory  name  for  a  freethinker.  [Obsoles.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Libertine  \Lib"er*tine\,  a.  [L.  libertinus  of  a  freedman:  cf  F. 
  libertin.  See  {Libertine},  n.  ] 
  1.  Free  from  restraint;  uncontrolled.  [Obs.] 
 
  You  are  too  much  libertine.  --Beau.  &  Fl 
 
  2.  Dissolute;  licentious;  profligate;  loose  in  morals;  as 
  libertine  principles  or  manners.  --Bacon. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  libertine 
  adj  :  unrestrained  by  convention  or  morality;  "Congreve  draws  a 
  debauched  aristocratic  society";  "deplorably  dissipated 
  and  degraded";  "riotous  living";  "fast  women"  [syn:  {debauched}, 
  {degenerate},  {degraded},  {dissipated},  {dissolute},  {profligate}, 
  {riotous},  {fast}] 
  n  :  a  person  (usually  a  man)  who  is  morally  unrestrained  [syn:  {debauchee}, 
  {dissolute  person}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Libertine 
  found  only  Acts  6:9,  one  who  once  had  been  a  slave,  but  who  had 
  been  set  at  liberty,  or  the  child  of  such  a  person.  In  this  case 
  the  name  probably  denotes  those  descendants  of  Jews  who  had  been 
  carried  captives  to  Rome  as  prisoners  of  war  by  Pompey  and  other 
  Roman  generals  in  the  Syrian  wars,  and  had  afterwards  been 
  liberated.  In  A.D.  19  these  manumitted  Jews  were  banished  from 
  Rome.  Many  of  them  found  their  way  to  Jerusalem,  and  there 
  established  a  synagogue. 
 




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