American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Libertinism.
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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. rare Libertinism; license.
- From the French libertinage. (Wiktionary)
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“More likely, the potential dad pool is not daydreaming about sacrificing the peak years of libertinage for a single woman and sober family life.”
“He had a language to describe an excess of liberty—libertinage, as in our libertine, and license.”
“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.”
“The same principle of exclusive self-regard, applied to the gratification of sense, passed for a satisfactory defence of libertinage.”
“He instructed his nephew in the delights of libertinage, among other things.”
“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.”
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