Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Libertinism.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun rare Libertinism; license.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The conduct or activities of a libertine; licentiousness

Etymologies

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From the French libertinage.

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

  • 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.

    This Country Needs More 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.

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

  • 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

  • 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 » “CRS Report” on Honduras “Coup”:

  • 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...

  • 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

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

    Champlain's Dream

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

    Champlain's Dream

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