Libertine meaning

lĭbər-tēn
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A person, esp. a man, who leads an unrestrained, sexually immoral life; rake.
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(archaic) A freethinker.
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The definition of libertine is someone who has a lack of morality, or someone who rejects customary religious beliefs and thinks freely.

Promiscuous behavior and sleeping around are an example of something that would be described as libertine actions.

Deciding that the Catholic church is wrong and you are going to believe in your own religion is an example of behavior that would be described as libertine.

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A libertine is defined as a person who rejects religious truths, or is someone who behaves in an immoral manner (especially a man who engages in immoral sexual behavior).

A man who sleeps around with lots of different women and who is irresponsible and immoral in the way he conducts himself with those women is an example of a libertine.

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One who defies established religious precepts; a freethinker.
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In ancient Rome, a person who had been freed from slavery.
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(historical) Someone freed from slavery in Ancient Rome; a freedman.
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Morally unrestrained; dissolute.
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Someone (especially a man) who takes no notice of moral laws, especially those involving sexual propriety; someone loose in morals; a pleasure-seeker.
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One who acts without moral restraint; a dissolute person.
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One who is freethinking in religious matters.
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Morally unrestrained; licentious.
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Origin of libertine

  • Middle English freedman from Latin lībertīnus from lībertus from līber free leudh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin libertinus (“a freedman, prop. adj., of or belonging to the condition of a freedman"), from libertus (“a freedman"), from liber (“free"); see liberal, liberate.

    From Wiktionary