1. immunity from arbitrary exercise of authority: political independence;
[syn: autonomy, liberty]
2. freedom of choice;
- Example: "liberty of opinion"
- Example: "liberty of worship"
- Example: "liberty--perfect liberty--to think or feel or do just as one pleases"
- Example: "at liberty to choose whatever occupation one wishes"
3. personal freedom from servitude or confinement or oppression;
4. leave granted to a sailor or naval officer;
[syn: shore leave, liberty]
5. an act of undue intimacy;
[syn: familiarity, impropriety, indecorum, liberty]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Liberty \Lib"er*ty\ (l[i^]b"[~e]r*t[y^]), n.; pl. Liberties (-t[i^]z). [OE. liberte, F. libert['e], fr. L. libertas, fr. liber free. See Liberal.] 1. The state of a free person; exemption from subjection to the will of another claiming ownership of the person or services; freedom; -- opposed to slavery, serfdom, bondage, or subjection. [1913 Webster] But ye . . . caused every man his servant, and every man his handmaid whom he had set at liberty at their pleasure, to return, and brought them into subjection. --Jer. xxxiv. 16. [1913 Webster] Delivered fro the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the sons of God. --Bible, 1551. Rom. viii. 21. [1913 Webster] 2. Freedom from imprisonment, bonds, or other restraint upon locomotion. [1913 Webster] Being pent from liberty, as I am now. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. A privilege conferred by a superior power; permission granted; leave; as, liberty given to a child to play, or to a witness to leave a court, and the like. [1913 Webster] 4. Privilege; exemption; franchise; immunity enjoyed by prescription or by grant; as, the liberties of the commercial cities of Europe. [1913 Webster] His majesty gave not an entire county to any; much less did he grant . . . any extraordinary liberties. --Sir J. Davies. [1913 Webster] 5. The place within which certain immunities are enjoyed, or jurisdiction is exercised. [Eng.] [1913 Webster] Brought forth into some public or open place within the liberty of the city, and there . . . burned. --Fuller. [1913 Webster] 6. A certain amount of freedom; permission to go freely within certain limits; also, the place or limits within which such freedom is exercised; as, the liberties of a prison. [1913 Webster] 7. A privilege or license in violation of the laws of etiquette or propriety; as, to permit, or take, a liberty. [1913 Webster] He was repeatedly provoked into striking those who had taken liberties with him. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 8. The power of choice; freedom from necessity; freedom from compulsion or constraint in willing. [1913 Webster] The idea of liberty is the idea of a power in any agent to do or forbear any particular action, according to the determination or thought of the mind, whereby either of them is preferred to the other. --Locke. [1913 Webster] This liberty of judgment did not of necessity lead to lawlessness. --J. A. Symonds. [1913 Webster] 9. (Manege) A curve or arch in a bit to afford room for the tongue of the horse. [1913 Webster] 10. (Naut.) Leave of absence; permission to go on shore. [1913 Webster] At liberty. (a) Unconfined; free. (b) At leisure. Civil liberty, exemption from arbitrary interference with person, opinion, or property, on the part of the government under which one lives, and freedom to take part in modifying that government or its laws. Liberty bell. See under Bell. Liberty cap. (a) The Roman pileus which was given to a slave at his manumission. (b) A limp, close-fitting cap with which the head of representations of the goddess of liberty is often decked. It is sometimes represented on a spear or a liberty pole. Liberty of the press, freedom to print and publish without official supervision. Liberty party, the party, in the American Revolution, which favored independence of England; in more recent usage, a party which favored the emancipation of the slaves. Liberty pole, a tall flagstaff planted in the ground, often surmounted by a liberty cap. [U. S.] Moral liberty, that liberty of choice which is essential to moral responsibility. Religious liberty, freedom of religious opinion and worship. [1913 Webster] Syn: Leave; permission; license. Usage: Liberty, Freedom. These words, though often interchanged, are distinct in some of their applications. Liberty has reference to previous restraint; freedom, to the simple, unrepressed exercise of our powers. A slave is set at liberty; his master had always been in a state of freedom. A prisoner under trial may ask liberty (exemption from restraint) to speak his sentiments with freedom (the spontaneous and bold utterance of his feelings). The liberty of the press is our great security for freedom of thought. [1913 Webster]The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
LIBERTY, n. One of Imagination's most precious possessions. The rising People, hot and out of breath, Roared around the palace: "Liberty or death!" "If death will do," the King said, "let me reign; You'll have, I'm sure, no reason to complain." Martha BraymanceU.S. Gazetteer (1990):
Liberty, IL (village, FIPS 43133) Location: 39.88076 N, 91.10802 W Population (1990): 541 (216 housing units) Area: 0.8 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water) Zip code(s): 62347 Liberty, IN (town, FIPS 43434) Location: 39.63447 N, 84.92697 W Population (1990): 2051 (888 housing units) Area: 2.1 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water) Zip code(s): 47353 Liberty, KS (city, FIPS 40250) Location: 37.15614 N, 95.59775 W Population (1990): 140 (63 housing units) Area: 0.7 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water) Zip code(s): 67351 Liberty, KY (city, FIPS 46072) Location: 37.31785 N, 84.93060 W Population (1990): 1937 (905 housing units) Area: 4.4 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water) Zip code(s): 42539 Liberty, ME Zip code(s): 04949 Liberty, MO (city, FIPS 42032) Location: 39.24205 N, 94.41911 W Population (1990): 20459 (7645 housing units) Area: 69.7 sq km (land), 0.1 sq km (water) Liberty, MS (town, FIPS 40640) Location: 31.16015 N, 90.80121 W Population (1990): 624 (300 housing units) Area: 5.3 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water) Zip code(s): 39645 Liberty, NC (town, FIPS 38100) Location: 35.85416 N, 79.57136 W Population (1990): 2047 (929 housing units) Area: 6.5 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water) Zip code(s): 27298 Liberty, NE (village, FIPS 26980) Location: 40.08503 N, 96.48304 W Population (1990): 74 (44 housing units) Area: 0.6 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water) Zip code(s): 68381 Liberty, NY (village, FIPS 42224) Location: 41.79746 N, 74.74636 W Population (1990): 4128 (1827 housing units) Area: 6.0 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water) Zip code(s): 12754 Liberty, OK (town, FIPS 42860) Location: 35.85872 N, 95.97720 W Population (1990): 155 (67 housing units) Area: 15.8 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water) Liberty, PA (borough, FIPS 43064) Location: 40.32380 N, 79.85798 W Population (1990): 2744 (1144 housing units) Area: 3.7 sq km (land), 0.2 sq km (water) Liberty, PA (borough, FIPS 43128) Location: 41.55987 N, 77.10511 W Population (1990): 199 (86 housing units) Area: 1.3 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water) Zip code(s): 16930 Liberty, SC (town, FIPS 41380) Location: 34.79247 N, 82.69536 W Population (1990): 3228 (1357 housing units) Area: 10.6 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water) Zip code(s): 29657 Liberty, TN (town, FIPS 42040) Location: 36.00398 N, 85.97782 W Population (1990): 391 (160 housing units) Area: 2.7 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water) Liberty, TX (city, FIPS 42568) Location: 30.04602 N, 94.79769 W Population (1990): 7733 (3125 housing units) Area: 92.0 sq km (land), 0.9 sq km (water) Liberty, WV Zip code(s): 25124Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
109 Moby Thesaurus words for "liberty": Lehrfreiheit, OK, a leg up, academic freedom, admission, allowance, assumption, at liberty, authorization, autonomy, blank check, brevet, carte blanche, chance, charter, clear stage, concession, consent, constitutional freedom, copyright, delivery, diploma, diplomatic immunity, discharge, dispensation, emancipation, enfranchisement, exception, exemption, fair field, fair game, familiarity, favor, franchise, free, freedom, freedom from fear, freedom from want, freedom of worship, furlough, grant, holiday, hubris, immunity, imposition, independence, indulgence, initiative, lawlessness, leave, leave of absence, legislative immunity, letters patent, liberated, liberation, liberties, liberty abused, license, licentiousness, loose, occasion, okay, opening, opportunism, opportunity, paid holiday, paid vacation, patent, permission, permission to enter, place, prerogative, presumption, presumptuousness, privilege, release, right, room, royal grant, run, sabbatical, sabbatical leave, sabbatical year, scope, self-determination, self-direction, self-government, shore leave, sovereignty, special favor, special permission, stepping-stone, the Four Freedoms, the run of, ticket, ticket of admission, time, time off, unconstrained, undue liberty, unfettered, uninhibited, unrestrained, unrestricted, vacation, vouchsafement, waiver, warrant, weekend