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
Examples of dissolute in a Sentence
literature dealing with the dissolute and degrading aspects of human experience
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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.
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Origin and Etymology of dissolute
Middle English, from Latin dissolutus, from past participle of dissolvere to loosen, dissolve
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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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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