libertine
[ lib-er-teen, lib-er-tin ]
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Part of Speech noun, adjective
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
noun
  • philanderer
  • ladies' man
  • playboy
  • rake
adjective
  • licentious
  • lustful
  • libidinous
  • lecherous
  • lascivious
  • lubricious
Antonyms
noun
  • puritan
Definition
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
adjective
characterized by a disregard of morality, especially in sexual matters; freethinking in matters of religion
Examples
noun
His image as an unbridled libertine in the magazine article is a complete myth.
adjective
The young man, who has extremely libertine views, isn't highly regarded in his neighborhood.
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