from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Intemperate in the pursuit of pleasure; dissolute.
  • adj. Wasted or squandered.
  • adj. Irreversibly lost. Used of energy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of dissipate.
  • adj. to have squandered and scattered valuable possessions while devoted to pursuit of self-indulgent pleasures
  • adj. Wasteful of health or possessions in the pursuit of pleasure

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Squandered; scattered.
  • adj. Wasteful of health, money, etc., in the pursuit of pleasure; dissolute; intemperate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Indulging in or characterized by extravagant, excessive, or dissolute pleasures; intemperate, especially in the use of intoxicating drinks: as, a dissipated man; a dissipated life.

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

  • adj. preoccupied with the pursuit of pleasure and especially games of chance
  • adj. unrestrained by convention or morality


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  • ... the youngest, the most dissipated and extravagant young fellow in the kingdom, without friends or character ...

    Sheridan, School for Scandal

    January 5, 2008