Definition of dissolute in English:



  • (of a person or a way of life) overindulging in sensual pleasures.

    ‘unfortunately, his heir was feckless and dissolute’
    • ‘Some see this electric music as a dissolute phase and some perceive it as tired, evidence of an aging talent attempting to be contemporary.’
    • ‘Although many British journalists of my acquaintance verge on the dissolute - sloppy drunks trying to cadge a free meal - Michael, an American who was shortly to become an English legend, outdid them all.’
    • ‘The women and girls who prostitute themselves to these wretches are dissolute creatures.’
    • ‘Countless examples could be cited - including earlier works by Regnault himself - that predict the dissolute male figure and white-skinned women.’
    • ‘Why did I associate with such a dissolute bunch?’
    • ‘But his brain was so rotted with drink and dissolute living that whenever he put it to work it behaved like an old engine that had gone haywire from being dipped in lard.’
    • ‘Drunk and dissolute, he's wasting his life someplace when he gets called in to investigate a 1500 year old church in a part of Africa that didn't have Christianity 1500 years ago.’
    • ‘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 I truly believe that Vegas serves as a refuge for those not permitted to be dissolute in their native environments.’
    • ‘But the dissolute West presents another - and who knows?’
    • ‘In the book, young architect Guy Haines accidentally meets Charles Anthony Bruno, a dissolute, alcoholic playboy, when they wind up seated together on a cross-country train journey.’
    • ‘He makes his way with difficulty through the world, in part because he also is dissolute and perennially poor.’
    • ‘The action begins with a group of dissolute rich folks chatting in some tropical hideaway while oppressed throngs gather ominously at the gates.’
    • ‘All these ghouls had lived dissolute lives and we were now bearing witness to their sentence in this watery purgatory.’
    • ‘They believe this country is the only hope of the world and they feel that this country is becoming more and more powerful on the one hand, but on the other, is rapidly growing more dissolute.’
    • ‘It seems to me bad and dissolute things happen late at night under the cover of darkness.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What I discovered in Bruce Hindmarsh's learned biography was that Newton became a convert not because of his disgust for the slave trade, but because of his horror at the dissolute life he had led.’
    • ‘He has a hard time making the cliché metamorphosis from dissolute wanderer to committed hero come across, but that is mostly due to problems in the script's pacing.’
    • ‘He was careless, dissolute, and ambitious; - idle, or doing mischief.’
    dissipated, debauched, decadent, intemperate, profligate, abandoned, self-indulgent, rakish, louche, licentious, promiscuous, lecherous, libertine, wanton, lustful, libidinous, lewd, unchaste, loose
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Late Middle English: from Latin dissolutus ‘disconnected, loose’, from the verb dissolvere (see dissolve).