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dissolute

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

1350–1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin dissolūtus (past participle of dissolvere to dissolve). See dis-1, solute
Related formsdis·so·lute·ly, adverbdis·so·lute·ness, nounun·dis·so·lute, adjective
Can be confuseddesolate dissolute (see synonym study at desolate)

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corrupt, loose, debauched, wanton, abandoned.
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dissolute

adjective
  1. given to dissipation; debauched
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Derived Formsdissolutely, adverbdissoluteness, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Latin dissolūtus loose, from dissolvere to dissolve
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Word Origin and History for dissolute

adj.

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.

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