(Lib"er*tine) n. [L. libertinus freedman, from libertus one made free, fr. liber free: cf. F. libertin.
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
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,Shak.
Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads.
4. A defamatory name for a freethinker. [Obsoles.]
(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.
1. The state of a libertine or freedman. [R.] Hammond.
2. Licentious conduct; debauchery; lewdness.
3. Licentiousness of principle or opinion.
That spirit of religion and seriousness vanished all at once, and a spirit of liberty and libertinism, of
infidelity and profaneness, started up in the room of it.Atterbury.
(Lib"er*ty) n.; pl. Liberties (- tiz). [OE. liberte, F. liberté, fr. L. libertas, fr. liber free. See
1. The state of a free person; exemption from subjection to the will of another claiming ownership of the
person or services; freedom; opposed to slavery, serfdom, bondage, or subjection.
But ye . . . caused every man his servant, and every man his handmaid whom he had set at liberty at
their pleasure, to return, and brought them into subjection.Jer. xxxiv. 16.
Delivered fro the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the sons of God.Bible, 1551. Rom.
2. Freedom from imprisonment, bonds, or other restraint upon locomotion.
Being pent from liberty, as I am now.Shak.
3. A privilege conferred by a superior power; permission granted; leave; as, liberty given to a child to play,
or to a witness to leave a court, and the like.