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[dis-uh-loot] /ˈdɪs əˌlut/
indifferent to moral restraints; given to immoral or improper conduct; licentious; dissipated.
Origin of dissolute
1350-1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin dissolūtus (past participle of dissolvere to dissolve). See dis-1, solute
Related forms
dissolutely, adverb
dissoluteness, noun
undissolute, adjective
Can be confused
desolate, dissolute (see synonym study at desolate)
corrupt, loose, debauched, wanton, abandoned. Unabridged
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  • At least, first take out of it the drunkard and the dissolute of your own Church.

    Charles Bradlaugh: a Record of His Life and Work, Volume II (of 2) Hypatia Bradlaugh Bonner and J. M. (John Mackinnon) Robertson
  • Hampered by culture he at once starts to lead a dissolute life.

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
  • Not to seek to change the stern decree; not to annul those bitter phrases: his dissolute career—the memory of his misspent youth!

    Satan Sanderson Hallie Erminie Rives
  • I had loafed around the lanes, and had made friends with the idle and the dissolute.

    The Birthright Joseph Hocking
  • The chantry chapels in the Cathedral were very numerous, and they were served by an army of idle and often dissolute mass priests.

    Old and New London Walter Thornbury
  • He was accused of dissolute conduct, and was superseded in his office by Du Poizat.

    A Zola Dictionary J. G. Patterson
  • The young man returned to New Orleans, and became one of the most dissolute and abandoned characters of the city.

  • The worst was, that the dissolute life he led grievously affected the business.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for dissolute


given to dissipation; debauched
Derived Forms
dissolutely, adverb
dissoluteness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin dissolūtus loose, from dissolvere to dissolve
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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