Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Libertinism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The conduct or activities of a libertine; licentiousness

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Libertinism; license.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character or belief of a libertine or free-thinker; laxity of opinion.
  • n. The conduct of a libertine or debauchee.

Etymologies

From the French libertinage. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He wrote of some Frenchmen and Indians as living in a state that he called libertinage and license, which was in his thinking the vice of liberty and the anarchy of selfishness, egoism, personal autonomy, and individual self-seeking.

    Champlain's Dream

  • One of the words Brown uses most often in private to describe the Tory leader is "libertarian": a word that conveys his belief that Cameron's "compassionate conservatism" is mere window-dressing, but also hints at a decadent strain of Tory libertinage, drug-taking and yacht-fondling.

    John Terry’s sacking as England captain tells us something interesting...

  • In other words, it has led to post-hippy, postmodern anarchy and libertinage -- or to various forms of secular-government religions such as national socialism, fascism, and communism.

    Government Fundamentalists, David Henderson | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • There is a difference between freedom of speech and libertinage; the two news stations that were closed where used to promote riots and to preach incoherent news such as “it was a bad thing that the holocaust did not eliminate all the Jews”… Even hugo Lloren sent a letter to the president of such station because such disparate was put on the air.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Release the Koh Memorandum on Honduras

  • More likely, the potential dad pool is not daydreaming about sacrificing the peak years of libertinage for a single woman and sober family life.

    Néojaponisme » Blog Archive » The Yanmama Boom

  • He had a language to describe an excess of liberty—libertinage, as in our libertine, and license.

    Champlain's Dream

  • Mr. Buckley is there in San Francisco when, at a prenomination rally, thousands of college students declare opposition to their professors '"intensive indoctrination in state welfarism, anti-anti-Communism, moral libertinage, skepticism, anti-Americanism."

    Principled and Pilloried

  • The same principle of exclusive self-regard, applied to the gratification of sense, passed for a satisfactory defence of libertinage.

    Voltaire

  • He instructed his nephew in the delights of libertinage, among other things.

    'Mummy, possest': Sadism and Sensibility in Shelley's _Frankenstein_

  • However, if it were only those persons of different sexes united in a bewitching apartment, decorated rouge, those lights, those effeminate voices, all this must, in the long-run, engender a certain mental libertinage, give rise to immodest thoughts and impure temptations.

    Madame Bovary

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