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
Recent Examples on the Web Through friends, Shakira hears stories of dissolute cities filled with broken marriages and prostitution. Anand Gopal, The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2021 Tom Holland, the author of wide-lens books about ancient and medieval history, spoke about Caligula and other dissolute Roman leaders. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 23 Aug. 2021 Singer Angelo Moore narrates a Christmas Eve close encounter with a drunk, dissolute Santa Claus, belting soulfully over a spartan arrangement of organ and handclaps. Jody Rosen, Los Angeles Times, 14 Dec. 2020 One, Candy, is a dissolute superstar who abuses co-workers, shows up on set plastered and moans about how awful her privileged life is. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, 10 Dec. 2020 Francis is the first pope to name himself after the mendicant friar, who renounced a wealthy, dissolute lifestyle to embrace a life of poverty and service to the poor. CBS News, 5 Oct. 2020 Romance arrives in the person of young Teddy Laurence (Timothée Chalamet), the slightly dissolute grandson of a wealthy Concord widower (Chris Cooper). New York Times, 23 Dec. 2019 Among them are Blackett’s feckless, dissolute son, Monty, who is scheming to avoid military service; his daughter, Joan, a human viper; and the Human Condition, an elderly, mangy spaniel with his own preoccupations. Katherine A. Powers, Washington Post, 26 Sep. 2019 He was appalled by the corruption and dissolute attitude toward the people, both by U.S. and Nationalist troops. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2019

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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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“Dissolute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissolute. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dissolute

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

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