- indulging in or characterized by excessive devotion to pleasure; intemperate; dissolute.
Origin of dissipated
- to scatter in various directions; disperse; dispel.
- to spend or use wastefully or extravagantly; squander; deplete: to dissipate one's talents; to dissipate a fortune on high living.
- to become scattered or dispersed; be dispelled; disintegrate: The sun shone and the mist dissipated.
- to indulge in extravagant, intemperate, or dissolute pleasure.
Origin of dissipate
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Examples from the Web for dissipated
In some cases the cost can linger long after the pleasure has dissipated.The High Cost of An Orgasm: Is Momentary Pleasure Worth a Lifetime of Regret?
June 28, 2014
But the darkness that enveloped Don at the end of the season may not have dissipated just yet.‘Mad Men’: Creator Matthew Weiner Shares 10 Facts About Season 6
January 23, 2013
It is a product of the baby-boomer ethos, and if a sense of inevitability has dissipated, good riddance.American Dream May Have Waned for Some, But Lives On for Many
July 3, 2012
This dissipated as the anticipated quick revolt turned into an astonishingly brutal and prolonged war.Liberian Nostalgia for War Criminal Charles Taylor
April 28, 2012
“This actually really surpassed my expectations,” Lawrence told us later on, well after the crowd had dissipated.Geeks Converge on NYC to Protest Anti-Piracy Bills
January 18, 2012
His fingers had ruffled his hair into a dissipated untidiness.The Secret Agent
He had a steady, blue eye and a dissipated, iron-gray mustache.The Gentleman From Indiana
Then the fiery vapour was dissipated, and the sunset ended by fading away.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Your bottle is broken, and the material it contained is dissipated.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
Wild, dissipated, reckless, he was dismissed from West Point.Graded Poetry: Second Year
- indulging without restraint in the pursuit of pleasure; debauched
- wasted, scattered, or exhausted
- to exhaust or be exhausted by dispersion
- (tr) to scatter or break up
- (intr) to indulge in the pursuit of pleasure
Word Origin and History for dissipated
early 15c., from Latin dissipatus, past participle of dissipare "to spread abroad, scatter, disperse; squander, disintegrate," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + supare "to throw, scatter," from PIE *swep- "to throw, sling, cast" (cf. Lithuanian supu "to swing, rock," Old Church Slavonic supo "to strew"). Related: Dissipated; dissipates; dissipating.