Dissolute
Dissolute Dis"so*lute, a. [L. dissolutus, p. p. of dissolvere: cf. F. dissolu. See {Dissolve}.] 1. With nerves unstrung; weak. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. Loosed from restraint; esp., loose in morals and conduct; recklessly abandoned to sensual pleasures; profligate; wanton; lewd; debauched. ``A wild and dissolute soldier.'' --Motley.

Syn: Uncurbed; unbridled; disorderly; unrestrained; reckless; wild; wanton; vicious; lax; licentious; lewd; rakish; debauched; profligate. [1913 Webster]


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  • dissolute — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ overindulgent in sensual pleasures. ORIGIN Latin dissolutus disconnected, loose , from dissolvere dissolve …   English terms dictionary

  • dissolute — [dis′ə lo͞ot΄] adj. [L dissolutus, loosened, lax, unrestrained; pp. of dissolvere: see DISSOLVE] dissipated and immoral; profligate; debauched dissolutely adv. dissoluteness n …   English World dictionary

  • dissolute — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin dissolutus, from past participle of dissolvere to loosen, dissolve Date: 14th century lacking restraint; especially marked by indulgence in things (as drink or promiscuous sex) deemed vices < the… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • dissolute — [[t]dɪ̱səluːt[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) Someone who is dissolute does not care at all about morals and lives in a way that is considered to be wicked and immoral. Syn: degenerate …   English dictionary

  • dissolute — adjective having an immoral way of life, for example drinking too much alcohol, having sex with many people etc: Dylan Thomas, then an intensely romantic, though dissolute figure dissolutely adverb dissoluteness noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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