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Jan 21, 2015
This week’s theme
Insults

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ultracrepidarian
mythomane
libertine
homunculus
vacuous

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libertine

PRONUNCIATION:
(LIB-uhr-teen)

MEANING:
noun: A person who is morally unrestrained.
adjective: Unrestrained by conventions or morality.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin libertinus (freedman), from liber (free). Ultimately from the Indo-European root leudh- (to mount up or grow), which also gave us liberty, livery, and deliver. Earliest documented use: 1384.

USAGE:
“Revolving around the salacious adventures of the Spanish nobleman and libertine of the same name, the opera [Don Giovanni] is the second of a trilogy Mozart wrote with Italian librettist Lorenzo da Ponte.”
Calendar; The Korea Herald (Seoul); Feb 28, 2014.

See more usage examples of libertine in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
In those parts of the world where learning and science have prevailed, miracles have ceased; but in those parts of it as are barbarous and ignorant, miracles are still in vogue. -Ethan Allen, revolutionary (21 Jan 1738-1789)

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