Main Entry: liberal
: a person who is liberal: as a : one who is open-minded or not strict in the observance of orthodox, traditional, or established forms or ways b : capitalized : a member or supporter of a liberal political party c : an advocate or adherent of liberalism especially in individual rights
Main Entry: lib·er·al
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin liberalis suitable for a freeman, generous, from liber free; perhaps akin to Old English lEodan to grow, Greek eleutheros free
Date: 14th century
1 a : of, relating to, or based on the liberal arts liberal education b : archaic : of or befitting a man of free birth
2 a : marked by generosity : OPENHANDED b : given or provided in a generous and openhanded way c : AMPLE, FULL
3 : obsolete : lacking moral restraint : LICENTIOUS
4 : not literal or strict : LOOSE
5 : BROAD-MINDED; especially : not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or traditional forms
6 a : of, favoring, or based upon the principles of liberalism b : capitalized : of or constituting a political party advocating or associated with the principles of political liberalism; especially : of or constituting a political party in the United Kingdom associated with ideals of individual especially economic freedom, greater individual participation in government, and constitutional, political, and administrative reforms designed to secure these objectives
- lib·er·al·ly /-b(&-)r&-lE/ adverb
- lib·er·al·ness noun
synonyms LIBERAL, GENEROUS, BOUNTIFUL, MUNIFICENT mean giving or given freely and unstintingly. LIBERAL suggests openhandedness in the giver and largeness in the thing or amount given . GENEROUS stresses warmhearted readiness to give more than size or importance of the gift . BOUNTIFUL suggests lavish, unremitting giving or providing
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There's a bloke in the land of Okies who's running for senate, Tom Coburn, and he constantly has ads saying that his opponent is a liberal. Since 1988 Bush senior started using the word for Dukakis. Then Limbo started using the word like it's a dirty word.
Liberal used to be a good word. It meant that you were generous with money and openminded. I am not liberal with my spending on dates or tips. Muffy knows that very well! So does that mean that conservatives are "TIGHT" like me? But I am liberal (open minded) as far as listening to conservatives, even Rush.
His opponent would be very conservative in other states, but conservative anywhere else is liberal..The word is so dirty that they don't even say "liberal arts". I believe they call it "letters". What letters? B U B B A?
"Kids, lets learn how to do the letters in cursive today!"
In Australia and Britain, they call the conservative party , the Liberal party. The "liberal" party is the "labor" party.
So if liberal means openminded then, shouldn't we start calling conservatives "closedminds"?
p.s. I don't know why this changed colors but it's kinda cool!