Derived from the Middle English 'libertyn' meaning 'freedman,' which came from the Latin root 'liber,' which means 'liberty.' Libertine was a derogatory term which referred to someone who was a free-thinker or non-believer. Until the 19th Century, atheists or agnostics were considered beyond the pale of reasonable or civilized people. The term was extended to describe people who lacked moral self-restraint. Being a libertine was associated with living as an animal or an uncivilized person. John Stuart Mill's dictum, "Better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied" applies as a condemnation of the libertine.

Many contemporary libertarians miss crucial moral distinctions and have fallen into perverting the Liberty Principle into a "Libertine Principle." Contemporary liberals (social democrats and socialists, not classical liberals) have fallen into the same moral nihilism falsely believing that they are defending liberty when they place atheism, sexual promiscuity, homosexuality, and illicit drug use on par with traditional morality and religious belief.
Fool: I am a libertarian. I smoke dope, watch pornography, and have sex with anything not nailed down. I love liberty as did the Founding Fathers.

Person with common sense: You are not a libertarian or a liberal, you are a libertine.
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1:(Noun)A person with low or no moral values
2:(Noun)A freethinker
3:(adj)Moraly unrestrained
1:Due to his promiscuous behaviour, David was concidered a Libertine
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The Libertines are a British indie pop rock band fronted by Carl Barât and Peter Doherty. The band split up in 2004 after having trouble with Pete's drug addiction. The two other members are Gary (drums) and John (bass) who is now the frontman of a band called Yeti. They were an amazing band and most fans hope they'll get back together again someday although it seems very unlikely.
The Libertines used to be one of the best bands in England.
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nounOne who acts without moral restraint; a dissolute person. One who defies established religious precepts; a freethinker. adjective Morally unrestrained; dissolute.
A libertine is a person who has so much love and self-awareness and lust for life ,that his thinking goes beyond the scope of general morality or mainstream idea
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the fucking best live band i have ever seen. yea, pete may be a little fuct up with drugs but who isnt these days? they rule my world.


carl/pete - please marry me. i dont mind which - or both - my life is incomplete without you
i am one day going to marry pete or carl from the libertines.
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A REALLY hott *British* band
I listen to the libertines everynight before I go to bed
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british band fronted by pete dohertey and carl barat. check out their album up the bracket.
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libertines, brit band.
your such a fuckin waster, ya 2 bob cunt.
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