• WordNet 3.6
    • adj dissolute unrestrained by convention or morality "Congreve draws a debauched aristocratic society","deplorably dissipated and degraded","riotous living","fast women"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dissolute Loosed from restraint; esp., loose in morals and conduct; recklessly abandoned to sensual pleasures; profligate; wanton; lewd; debauched. "A wild and dissolute soldier."
    • Dissolute With nerves unstrung; weak.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dissolute Loose; relaxed; enfeebled.
    • dissolute Loose in behavior and morals; not under the restraints of law; given to vice and dissipation; vicious; wanton; lewd: as, a dissolute man; dissolute company.
    • dissolute Characterized by dissoluteness; devoted to pleasure and dissipation: as, a dissolute life.
    • dissolute Synonyms and Immoral, Depraved, etc. (see criminal), uncurbed, unbridled, disorderly, wild, rakish, lax, licentious, profligate, abandoned, reprobate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Dissolute loose, esp. in morals: lewd: licentious
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  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Progress has not followed a straight ascending line, but a spiral with rhythms of progress and retrogression, of evolution and dissolution.”
  • Giambattista Vico
    Giambattista Vico
    “The nature of peoples is first crude, then severe, then benign, then delicate, finally dissolute.”
  • Dean William R. Inge
    “Every institution not only carries within it the seeds of its own dissolution, but prepares the way for its most hated rival.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. dissolutus, p. p. of dissolvere,: cf. F. dissolu,. See Dissolve
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. dissolvĕre, -solutumdis, asunder, solvĕre, solūtum, to loose.


In literature:

Fox should have urged an immediate dissolution.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
After the dissolution of the monastery Henry VIII.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Gloucester [2nd ed.]" by H. J. L. J. Massé
The dissolution of parliament in 1818 produced another contest at Westminster.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)" by Leslie Stephen
The dissolution in March was followed by a last struggle of the army for its old supremacy.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
It has already done so, almost to the final dissolution of it.
"Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3." by Benson J. Lossing
Despair became general; every man imagined his own dissolution was near.
"Thrilling Narratives of Mutiny, Murder and Piracy" by Anonymous
None but the dissolute among the rich speak in opprobrious terms of the vices and follies of the poor.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
The Protestant clergy opposed the bill with all their influence and clamored for a dissolution of Parliament.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Let us watch the dissolution of the copper in the nitric acid; for I am very impatient to see the salt that is to result from it.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
The dissolute courtiers were lavish in their attentions to the highly-endowed child.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott

In poetry:

You see them-too strict forms
Of will, the secret dignity
Of our dissolute storms;
They grow too bright to be.
"To The Romantic Traditionists" by Allen Tate
Dissolute, damned and despairing
Striken, palsied and slain
That is the law of the Yukon
And how she makes it plain.
"Call Of The Yukon" by Billy Bennett
But, if my dissolution thou hast will'd,
And to thy mercy summon'd me away,
O, may thy sacred pleasure be fulfill'd!
With due submission I thy will obey.
"A Prayer For A Sick Person Before He Takes Physic" by Rees Prichard
By instant touch or long decay
Is dissolution wrought;
When, lost to earth, the grave and gay,
The young and old who pass away,
Abide in hallowed thought.
"Thy Will Be Done" by Hattie Howard
Why wilt thou stop and start?
Draw nearer, oh my heart,
And I will question thee most wistfully;
Gather thy last clear resolution
To look upon thy dissolution.
"November, 1851" by George MacDonald
I was shocked and withdrew;
But I grieve to relate,
When he next met my view
Injin Dick was his mate;
And the two around town was a-lying
In a frightfully dissolute state.
"Further Language From Truthful James" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

It is possible during the Soviet era that tactical weapons were based within the Uzbek region, but since the dissolution of the USSR, the new Uzbek government has proclaimed itself weapons-free.
Along with the emotional toll from a dissolution of a marriage, there are a variety of important factors and decisions that need to be made, many of them difficult.
Heather Walker and Kristopher Walker, dissolution of marriage.
Heather Jones and Richard Jones, II, dissolution of marriage.
Initial returns are showing pro dissolution forces in Lyons with a 569 to 524 lead as of late Tuesday night.
Those for the dissolution say the change would cut their taxes, while those against it say they haven't received enough information to dissolve their village.
However, Ms Symonds's presentation noted dissolution could result in heavily reduced tax rates, especially when factoring in the state's Citizen Empowerment Tax Credit, which rewards municipalities that merge or dissolve .
Firm's Dissolution Leaves Subtenants Facing Eviction, Lost Services.
Egypt court upholds dissolution of parliament.
Marriages may be legally ended in one of two ways--divorce or dissolution of marriage.
Egypt's high court calls for dissolution of parliament, raising new transition fears.
Facing proposed dissolution , Downtown Leadership Council looks to solidify purpose.
Dimebag Darrell and Zakk Wylde Discuss the State of Metal and Dissolution of Pantera.
Colorado Springs Announces Dissolution of Pool Partnership.
'Occupy'-ers Seek Dissolution of Democracy, End of Capitalism.

In science:

In addition to the dissolution mechanisms already considered by Baumgardt & Makino (2003), the simulations also included dynamical friction and disc shocks.
Dissolution of Globular Clusters
The result will be the dissolution of the head of the size spectrum.
General trends of the late period of evolution in the quasichemical model of nucleation
So, the dissolution of the head occurs in the avalanche manner also.
General trends of the late period of evolution in the quasichemical model of nucleation
But when the complete dissolution of the head is finished one can propose the more effective procedure.
General trends of the late period of evolution in the quasichemical model of nucleation
At first we see the dissolution of the flat part of the size spectrum.
General trends of the late period of evolution in the quasichemical model of nucleation