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Libertine as he is, can have no thoughts of any other woman but Clarissa.

To speak the truth you are simply playing the game of a libertine.

I loved her; but when I loved her I ceased to be a libertine.

"It was that libertine brother-in-law of mine, the Duke of Gandia," he said.

Even the libertine, that pauper in the realm of Love, wants the perfect life.

The way chosen by the libertine is in exactly the opposite direction.

He is lazy, libertine, and given to lying, but not incorrigibly wicked.

A month afterwards came the libertine's turn to be disappointed.

As she was pretty, a libertine would have tried to seduce her.

No libertine can believe in the purity of woman; it is contrary to nature.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "a freedman, an emancipated slave," from Latin libertinus "member of a class of freedmen," from libertus "one's freedmen," from liber "free" (see liberal). Sense of "freethinker" is first recorded 1560s, from French libertin (1540s) originally the name given to certain Protestant sects in France and the Low Countries. Meaning "dissolute or licentious person" first recorded 1590s; the darkening of meaning being perhaps due to misunderstanding of Latin libertinus in Acts vi:9. As an adjective by 1570s.

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