dissolute

adjective dis·so·lute \ ˈdi-sə-ˌlüt , -lət \

Definition of dissolute

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

dissolutely

adverb

dissoluteness

noun

Examples of dissolute in a Sentence

  1. literature dealing with the dissolute and degrading aspects of human experience

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Origin and Etymology of dissolute

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


DISSOLUTE Defined for English Language Learners

dissolute

adjective

Definition of dissolute for English Language Learners

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



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