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Perhaps the old monks were right when they tried to root love out; perhaps the poets are right when they try to water it. It is a blood-red flower, with the color of sin; but there is always the scent of a god about it.
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Etymology

From Middle English fredom < Old English frēodōm < frēo < Proto-Germanic *frijaz < Proto-Indo-European *prijos- (dear, beloved); plus Old English -dōm < Proto-Germanic *domaz < Proto-Indo-European *dhe- (to set, put). Also see free, -dom.

Pronunciation

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freedom

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  1. The state of being free, of not being imprisoned or enslaved.
    Having recently been released from prison, he didn't know what to do with his newfound freedom.
  2. The state of being free, unconstrained; the lack of a specific constraint, or of constraints in general.
    Freedom of speech is a basic democratic value.
    Freedom to choose one's own destiny can be frightening.
    Every child has a right to freedom from fear and freedom from want.

Usage notes

  • The phrase "freedom from" can have as an object: fear, want, hunger, pain, disease, stress, depression, debt, poverty, necessity, violence, war, advertising, addiction, etc.

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