Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Lack of restraint; excess.
  • n. Looseness of morals; wantonness, licentiousness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. State or quality of being dissolute; looseness of morals and manners; addictedness to sinful pleasures; debauchery; dissipation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Looseness of manners and morals; vicious indulgence in pleasure, as in intemperance and debauchery; dissipation: as, dissoluteness of life or manners.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. indiscipline with regard to sensuous pleasures

Etymologies

From dissolute +‎ -ness. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It eyes them with an extraordinary 'dissoluteness' -- if you will give that word its literal meaning.

    From a Cornish Window A New Edition

  • As to the rest -- what Augustine calls my dissoluteness -- I can't pretend to take your view; a nun's view. "

    Amabel Channice

  • His casual love affairs did not endear him to the elders of the local kirk and created for him a reputation for dissoluteness amongst his neighbours.

    robert burns | some hae meat « poetry dispatch & other notes from the underground

  • He was accused then, as he often is now, of being excessive, even hysterical, in his account of the Revolution: a ferocious dissoluteness in manners, an insolent irreligion in opinions and practices, … laws overturned, tribunals subverted, industry without vigor, commerce expiring … a church pillaged … civil and military anarchy … national bankruptcy.

    Reflections on Burke

  • What were further pecuniary exonerations, but deeper plunges into vilifying dissoluteness?

    Camilla

  • In these hot damp climates the venereal requirements and reproductive powers of the female greatly exceed those of the male; and hence the dissoluteness of morals would be phenomenal, were it not obviated by seclusion, the sabre and the revolver.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • When dissoluteness is condemned, it is so in natural and undisguised terms, but such are never used to stimulate voluptuousness or pleasantry.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • According to the same writer, the Gnostics and the Stratiotics equalled the Phibionites in exhibitions of licentiousness, and all three sects mingled horrid pollutions with their mysteries, men and women displaying equal dissoluteness.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Of course, these countless gallantries in the most licentious persons of the day, such as Richelieu or Saxe, were neither more nor less than an outbreak of sheer dissoluteness, such as took place among English people of quality in the time of the

    Voltaire

  • And however poets may employ their wit and eloquence, in celebrating present pleasure, and rejecting all distant views to fame, health, or fortune; it is obvious, that this practice is the source of all dissoluteness and disorder, repentance and misery.

    An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals

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