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brīvestība

See also: brīvestībā

LatvianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From brīvs (free) +‎ -ība, maybe by analogy with mīlestība. First attested in the late 18th, early 19th century with the meaning (legally, juridically given) “permission,” “privilege.”[1]

NounEdit

brīvestība f (4th declension)

  1. (dated) freedom, liberty (situation in which there is no subordination, dependence)
    visu viltību un ļaunu / gribēja viņš izdeldēt / un starp visiem vienlīdzības, / brīvestības sēklu sēt — all deceit and evil / he wanted to destroy / and among all of equality / and of freedom to sow the seed

DeclensionEdit

Usage notesEdit

The word brīvība is the most frequent term used in the sense “freedom,” “liberty.” Its synonyms brīve, brīvestība, and svabadība, though attested, are clearly dated or old-fashioned.

SynonymsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ “brīvs” in Konstantīns Karulis (1992, 2001), Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca, in 2 vols, Rīga: AVOTS, ISBN: 9984-700-12-7