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Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Libertine


LIB'ERTINE, noun [Latin libertinus, from liber, free.]

1. Among the Romans, a freedman; a person manumitted or set free from legal servitude.

2. One unconfined; one free from restraint.

3. A man who lives without restraint of the animal passion; one who indulges his lust without restraint; one who leads a dissolute, licentious life; a rake; a debauchee.

LIB'ERTINE, adjective Licentious; dissolute; not under the restraint of law or religion; as libertine principles; a libertine life.