- indifferent to moral restraints; given to immoral or improper conduct; licentious; dissipated.
Origin of dissolute
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Examples from the Web for dissolute
On his execution, state media accused Jang of leading a "dissolute, depraved life" and running up £6.4 million in gambling debts.The Women Behind the Throne in North Korea's 'Empire of Horror'
December 15, 2013
Even if they do not manage to take and hold power, they are examples of the dissolute lives that sons of dictators often lead.Dictators' Sons, From Egypt to Libya, Are Doomed
February 9, 2011
It sent him off in a rage, with all his crew of dissolute followers.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
Badman continues a loose blackguard, extravagant, idle and dissolute.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
He was accused of dissolute conduct, and was superseded in his office by Du Poizat.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
The worst was, that the dissolute life he led grievously affected the business.Fruitfulness
The dissolute men who have written verses have not been great poets.The Poetical Works of William Collins
- given to dissipation; debauched
Word Origin and History for dissolute
late 14c., "loose, negligent, morally or religiously lax," from Latin dissolutus "loose, disconnected," past participle of dissolvere "loosen up" (see dissolve). A figurative use of the classical Latin word. Related: Dissolutely; dissoluteness.