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Definition of "libertine" []

  • One who acts without moral restraint; a dissolute person. (noun)
  • One who defies established religious precepts; a freethinker. (noun)
  • Morally unrestrained; dissolute. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "libertine" in a sentence
  • "To say that all libertarians are libertine is not factual."
  • "Now one day a certain libertine of Rājagaha, in the prime of youth, was standing in the Jīvaka Mango-grove, and saw her going to siesta; and feeling enamoured, he barred her way, soliciting her to sensual pleasures."
  • "At the word libertine, the judge, the whole court, and the audience started; but it was presently clear the witness meant that the questioner was abusing his legal privileges, though the people present interpreted it another way, and quite rightly."