libertine

[ lib-er-teen, lib-er-tin ]

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Part of Speech

adjective, noun

Origin + Etymology

from Latin libertinus ‘freedman’, from liber ‘free’. In the mid 16th century, imitating French libertin, the term denoted a member of any of various antinomian sects in France; hence libertine

Synonyms

adjective

  • licentious
  • lustful
  • libidinous
  • lecherous
  • lascivious
  • lubricious

noun

  • philanderer
  • ladies' man
  • playboy
  • rake

Antonyms

noun

  • puritan

Definition

adjective

characterized by a disregard of morality, especially in sexual matters; freethinking in matters of religion

noun

a person, especially a man, who behaves without moral principles or a sense of responsibility, especially in sexual matters; a person who rejects accepted opinions in matters of religion; a freethinker

Examples

adjective

The young man, who has extremly libertine views, isn't highly regarded in his neighborhood.

noun

His image as an unbridled libertine in the magazine article is a complete myth.

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