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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Like a puffed and reckless libertine, Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. A defamatory name for a freethinker. [Obsolescent] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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