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dissolute

Syllabification: dis·so·lute
Pronunciation: /ˈdisəˌlo͞ot
 
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Definition of dissolute in English:

adjective

Lax in morals; licentious: a dissolute, drunken, disreputable rogue
More example sentences
  • He is losing public sympathy, not out of revulsion over his dissolute private life, but rather as a result of allegations that he abused his office to secure perks for his lovers, including a visa for his mistress's nanny.
  • I think this album is tremendous in several places, in fact; a messy, dissolute record that pulls off the stunt of being musically emotionally open while lyrically open to interpretation.
  • But the dissolute West presents another - and who knows?
Synonyms
dissipated, debauched, decadent, intemperate, profligate, self-indulgent, wild, depraved;
licentious, promiscuous;
drunken

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin dissolutus 'disconnected, loose', from the verb dissolvere (see dissolve).

Derivatives

dissolutely

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • Their suffering is generally caused by adults: a parent has died, or run off, or otherwise acted irresponsibly, drunkenly, selfishly, dissolutely.
  • I dissolutely admit that veracious men with mediocre vocations make great friends but it's those carnivorous corporate men with hefty expense accounts that somehow get my hormones raging.
  • Others might grow poor squandering resources by living dissolutely.

dissoluteness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • These radicals despise the West for what they consider the immorality, depravity, and dissoluteness of its mass culture.
  • In such circumstances, it was only to be expected that Christ College in the nineteenth century had a certain reputation for dissoluteness among its staff.
  • The slave states, were marked by ‘the unequal distribution of property, the toleration of slavery, the ignorance and poverty of the lower classes,’ and a ‘dissoluteness of manners.’

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