Origin of dissoluteClassical Latin dissolutus, loosened, lax, unrestrained; past participle of dissolvere: see dissolve
The definition of dissolute is immoral and involved in improper conduct.
An example of someone dissolute is a person who commits adultery.
Lacking moral restraint; indulging in sensual pleasures or vices.
Origin of dissoluteMiddle English from Latin dissolūtus past participle of dissolvere to dissolve ; see dissolve .
(comparative more dissolute, superlative most dissolute)
From Middle English dissolute, from Latin dissolutus.
- The church offered the richest field for exploitation, and in spite of his dissolute life he impudently prayed the regent to give him the archbishopric of Cambray, the richest in France.
- Weak, foolish and dissolute, she made her reign one long scandal, which reduced the kingdom to the lowest depths of degradation.
- The word "rake" has been used since the 17th century in the sense of a man of a dissolute or dissipated character.
- She married a dissolute and brutal actor of the name of Reddish.
- After some years of happy married life she fell under the influence of the dissolute court in which she lived, and the king having become insane (August 1392) she consorted chiefly with Louis of Orleans.