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  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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Historical Examples

  • Overeating and dissoluteness killed her, according to the Lorilleuxs.


    Emile Zola

  • The opportunities for vice and dissoluteness are really less than at home.

  • It is more reasonable to attribute it to the dissoluteness of his life.

  • The priests had degenerated into an army of mercenaries, living in luxury and dissoluteness.

  • Such pleasures are signs of dissipation, dissoluteness, in the literal sense.

British Dictionary definitions for dissoluteness


  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 dissoluteness



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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