from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who acts without moral restraint; a dissolute person.
- n. One who defies established religious precepts; a freethinker.
- adj. Morally unrestrained; dissolute.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Someone freed from slavery in Ancient Rome; a freedman.
- n. One who is freethinking in religious matters.
- n. Someone (especially a man) who takes no notice of moral laws, especially those involving sexual propriety; someone loose in morals; a pleasure-seeker.
- adj. Dissolute, licentious, profligate; loose in morals.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A manumitted slave; a freedman; also, the son of a freedman.
- n. 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 women.
- n. 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.
- n. A defamatory name for a freethinker.
- adj. Free from restraint; uncontrolled.
- adj. Dissolute; licentious; profligate; loose in morals.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Roman history, a freedman; a person manumitted or set free from legal servitude.
- n. A member of a Jewish synagogue mentioned in Acts vi. 9, probably composed of descendants of Jewish freedmen who had been expelled from Rome by Tiberius, and had returned to Palestine.
- n. A freeman of an incorporate town or city.
- n. One who is free from or does not submit to restraint; one who is free in thought and action.
- n. One who holds loose views with regard to the laws of religion or morality; an irreligious person; a free-thinker.
- n. [capitalized] A member of a pantheistic, antinomian sect which existed about 1530 in France and neighboring countries.
- n. A man given to the indulgence of lust; one who leads a dissolute, licentious life; a rake; a debauchee.
- Free; unrestrained.
- Licentious; dissolute; not under the restraint of or in accord with law or religion: as, libertine principles.
- n. At Aberdeen University, a free scholar; one who has no bursary. See bursary, 2.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. unrestrained by convention or morality
- n. a dissolute person; usually a man who is morally unrestrained
Middle English, freedman, from Latin lībertīnus, from lībertus, from līber, free; see leudh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin libertinus ("a freedman, prop. adj., of or belonging to the condition of a freedman"), from libertus ("a freedman"), from liber ("free"); see liberal, liberate. (Wiktionary)