[ dis-uh-loot ]
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  1. indifferent to moral restraints; given to immoral or improper conduct; licentious; dissipated.

Origin of dissolute

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English (from Anglo-French ), from Latin dissolūtus (past participle of dissolvere “to dissolve”); see dis-1, solute

Other words for dissolute

Other words from dissolute

  • dis·so·lute·ly, adverb
  • dis·so·lute·ness, noun
  • un·dis·so·lute, adjective

Words that may be confused with dissolute

Words Nearby dissolute

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How to use dissolute in a sentence

  • Another notices that had she been dissolute, she would have preferred the liberty of remaining a widow.

    Frdric Mistral | Charles Alfred Downer
  • A true daughter of an artist, of a genial and dissolute artist, thoroughly in the romantic tradition, as was Sebastien Ruys.

    The Nabob | Alphonse Daudet
  • How would the young and dissolute monarch look upon the claims of Rhode Island?

    A short history of Rhode Island | George Washington Greene
  • He had seized upon the government and gained over a vast number of the most dissolute and discontented spirits to his side.

British Dictionary definitions for dissolute


/ (ˈdɪsəˌluːt) /

  1. given to dissipation; debauched

Origin of dissolute

C14: from Latin dissolūtus loose, from dissolvere to dissolve

Derived forms of dissolute

  • dissolutely, adverb
  • dissoluteness, noun

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