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 for libertine
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Libertine \Lib"er*tine\ (-t[i^]n), n. [L. libertinus freedman,
     from libertus one made free, fr. liber free: cf. F. libertin.
     See Liberal.]
     1. (Rom. Antiq.) A manumitted slave; a freedman; also, the
        son of a freedman.
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     2. (Eccl. Hist.) 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.
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     3. 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.
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              Like a puffed and reckless libertine,
              Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads.
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     4. A defamatory name for a freethinker. [Obsolescent]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Libertine \Lib"er*tine\, a. [L. libertinus of a freedman: cf. F.
     libertin. See Libertine, n. ]
     1. Free from restraint; uncontrolled. [Obs.]
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              You are too much libertine.           --Beau. & Fl.
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     2. Dissolute; licentious; profligate; loose in morals; as,
        libertine principles or manners. --Bacon.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: unrestrained by convention or morality; "Congreve draws a
             debauched aristocratic society"; "deplorably dissipated
             and degraded"; "riotous living"; "fast women" [syn:
             debauched, degenerate, degraded, dissipated,
             dissolute, libertine, profligate, riotous,
      n 1: a dissolute person; usually a man who is morally
           unrestrained [syn: libertine, debauchee, rounder]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  89 Moby Thesaurus words for "libertine":
     Casanova, Don Juan, Lothario, Paphian, adulterer, amoral, bestial,
     broad-minded, carnal, debauched, debauchee, debaucher, decadent,
     degenerate, depraved, dirty, dirty old man, dissolute, fast,
     filthy, fornicator, free lance, free spirit, free trader,
     freethinker, freethinking, gallant, gay deceiver, gay dog, goatish,
     heartbreaker, hircine, horny, immoral, incontinent, independent,
     individualist, isolationist, lady-killer, lascivious,
     latitudinarian, lecher, lecherous, lewd, liberal, libertarian,
     libidinous, licentious, lover-boy, lubricious, lubricous, lustful,
     masher, mugwump, neutral, nonpartisan, old goat, open-minded,
     philander, philanderer, philandering, profligate, prurient, rake,
     rakehell, rakish, randy, reprobate, rip, roue, rounder,
     rugged individualist, ruttish, salacious, satyric, satyrical,
     seducer, skirt chaser, swinger, third force, third world, tolerant,
     unbigoted, walking phallus, wanton, whoremonger, wolf,
     woman chaser, womanizer

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     found only Acts 6:9, one who once had been a slave, but who had
     been set at liberty, or the child of such a person. In this case
     the name probably denotes those descendants of Jews who had been
     carried captives to Rome as prisoners of war by Pompey and other
     Roman generals in the Syrian wars, and had afterwards been
     liberated. In A.D. 19 these manumitted Jews were banished from
     Rome. Many of them found their way to Jerusalem, and there
     established a synagogue.

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