Advanced and Proficiency Vocabulary for Exams(e.g.GRE, Banks, Civil Services, SAT / LSAT). For IELTS/TOEFL, and everyday spoken vocabulary, go to our Spoken Vocabulary Database.
If somebody were to live in a way that is unprincipled and characterized by unrestrained indulgence in vices such as drugs or alcohol, then they could be described as being ‘dissolute’. Such people go against societal convention and their behaviour is viewed by others as being wasteful, offensive, and destructive. Always used in a negative context.
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Andrew has led a dissolute life, drinking and gambling to great excess, but he is now sober and trying to make a fresh start.
The dissoluteness of some of the staff on the team bonding weekend was quite shocking. Their behaviour brought disgrace to the company.
Hundreds of thousands of protestors took to the streets to demand the removal of the ruler whose regime is widely seen as being despotic, corrupt, and dissolute.