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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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  • Some were for the swamp, some for a dissolute motel scene.
  • Cherie quickly segues from sassy-sweet to dissolute and foul-mouthed.
  • This was perfectly in keeping with his dissolute, bourgeois-baiting public persona.
  • Today, he is a born-again family man who testifies for church groups on his formerly dissolute days.
  • He was a mature man of middle years, not a dissolute youth, but maturity only enhanced his rugged good looks.
  • Jaeger's head is aslant and his eyes jut forward in a pose both arrogant and dissolute.
  • They show lankily seductive, somewhat dissolute-looking urban adolescents.
  • As a teenaged boarding school student, he had earned a reputation as a dissolute, violent bully.
  • These excesses made the commission an easy political target, giving rise to myths of its wanton, almost dissolute ways.
  • The city supplies water to thousands t criminal and dissolute establishments.
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.

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