dis·​so·​lute | \ ˈdi-sə-ˌlüt How to pronounce dissolute (audio) , -lət\

Definition of dissolute

: lacking restraint especially : marked by indulgence in things (such as drink or promiscuous sex) deemed vices (see vice entry 1 sense 1) leading a dissolute lifestyle the dissolute and degrading aspects of human nature — Wallace Fowlie

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Other Words from dissolute

dissolutely adverb
dissoluteness noun

Examples of dissolute in a Sentence

literature dealing with the dissolute and degrading aspects of human experience

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He was appalled by the corruption and dissolute attitude toward the people, both by U.S. and Nationalist troops. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Sidney Rittenberg, American adviser to the Chinese Communist Party, dies at 98," 25 Aug. 2019 Kif is approached by Ray, a fast-living, dissolute childhood friend, with the offer of a real writing gig. Olen Steinhauer, New York Times, "A Novel Based on the True Story of a Con Man and His Ghostwriter," 1 June 2018 My hair fell out like Hemingway’s dissolute Scotsman fell into bankruptcy: gradually, and then suddenly. Anna Ostrom, The Cut, "I Faced Mortality, and It Made Me Worry About My Hair," 5 Apr. 2018 Lady Anne did work her charms on prospective husbands—from dissolute aristocrats to powerful commoners—but not only on them. Martin Rubin, WSJ, "From Court to Cape Town," 4 Aug. 2017 Even legendarily dissolute playboy Ty Dolla $ign opens his new album Campaign with an exhortation to vote. Miles Raymer, Esquire, "Why You Shouldn't Trust Indie Rock With Your Protest Music," 12 Oct. 2016 Then the girl’s dissolute preacher brother Jib (Corey Spruill) arrives, uninvited and dangerous. Misha Berson, The Seattle Times, "‘Hoodoo Love’ review: a tale of survival in the bluesy South," 19 July 2017 Under John Crowley’s direction, this Sydney Theater Company production stars Cate Blanchett stars as an unmoored widow, with Richard Roxburgh as a dissolute comrade. New York Times, "What’s New in NYC Theater," 5 Jan. 2017 John Dos Passos is there to support the Republican cause, and a young Robert Capa, and a cast of elegantly dissolute prostitutes, one missing a leg. Benjamin Anastas, New York Times, "Martha Gellhorn’s Greatest Novel Is Essential Reading for Today," 25 May 2017

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First Known Use of dissolute

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dissolute

Middle English, from Latin dissolutus, from past participle of dissolvere to loosen, dissolve

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English Language Learners Definition of dissolute

formal + disapproving used to describe someone (such as a person who often gets drunk) whose way of living is considered morally wrong

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