dissipation

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French dissipation, from Late Latin dissipatio

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌdɪsɪˈpeɪʃən/
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən
    • (file)

Noun[edit]

dissipation (countable and uncountable, plural dissipations)

  1. The act of dissipating or dispersing; a state of dispersion or separation; dispersion; waste.
    • 1626, Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum, Or, A Naturall Historie: In Ten Centuries
      without loss or dissipation of the matter
    • (Can we date this quote by Sir M. Hale and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      the famous dissipation of mankind
  2. A dissolute course of life, in which health, money, etc., are squandered in pursuit of pleasure; profuseness in immoral indulgence, as late hours, riotous living, etc.; dissoluteness.
    • 18th century, Patrick Henry in a parliamentary debate
      to reclaim the spendthrift from his dissipation and extravagance
    • 1828, [Edward Bulwer-Lytton], chapter XX, in Pelham; or, The Adventures of a Gentleman. [...] In Three Volumes, volume II, London: Henry Colburn, [], OCLC 729841413, page 196:
      I rose by candle-light, and consumed, in the intensest application, the hours which every other individual of our party wasted in enervating slumbers, from the hesternal dissipation or debauch.
    • 1913, Robert Barr, chapter 4, in Lord Stranleigh Abroad, OL 1796924W:
      [...] This is a surprise attack, and I’d no wish that the garrison, forewarned, should escape. I am sure, Lord Stranleigh, that he has been descanting on the distraction of the woods and the camp, or perhaps the metropolitan dissipation of Philadelphia, [...]
  3. A trifle which wastes time or distracts attention.
    • 1733 May 28, letter from Alexander Pope to Jonathan Swift:
      Prevented from finishing them [the letters] a thousand avocations and dissipations.
  4. (physics) A loss of energy, usually as heat, from a dynamic system.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From dissiper +‎ -tion

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

dissipation f (plural dissipations)

  1. clearing, dissipation, disappearance

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