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dis·si·pa·tion

 (dĭs′ə-pā′shən)
n.
1. The act of dissipating or the condition of having been dissipated.
2. Wasteful expenditure or consumption.
3. Dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure; intemperance.
4. An amusement; a diversion.

dissipation

(ˌdɪsɪˈpeɪʃən)
n
1. the act of dissipating or condition of being dissipated
2. unrestrained indulgence in physical pleasures, esp alcohol
3. excessive expenditure; wastefulness
4. amusement; diversion

dis•si•pa•tion

(ˌdɪs əˈpeɪ ʃən)

n.
1. the act of dissipating.
2. the state of being dissipated; dispersion; disintegration.
3. a wasting by misuse: the dissipation of a fortune.
4. amusement; diversion.
5. dissolute way of living, esp. excessive drinking of liquor; intemperance.
6. a process in which energy is used or lost without accomplishing useful work, as friction causing loss of mechanical energy.
[1535–45; < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dissipation - breaking up and scattering by dispersion; "the dissipation of the mist"
dispersion, scattering - spreading widely or driving off
2.dissipation - dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure
intemperateness, self-indulgence, intemperance - excess in action and immoderate indulgence of bodily appetites, especially in passion or indulgence; "the intemperance of their language"
3.dissipation - useless or profitless activitydissipation - useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly; "if the effort brings no compensating gain it is a waste"; "mindless dissipation of natural resources"
boondoggle - work of little or no value done merely to look busy
activity - any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity"
waste of effort, waste of energy - a useless effort
waste of material - a useless consumption of material
waste of money - money spent for inadequate return; "the senator said that the project was a waste of money"
waste of time - the devotion of time to a useless activity; "the waste of time could prove fatal"
squandering - spending resources lavishly and wastefully; "more wasteful than the squandering of time"

dissipation

noun
2. waste, spending, squandering, blowing (slang), consumption, throwing away, misuse, frittering away, misspending the dissipation of my wealth
3. debauchery, excess, indulgence, abandonment, drunkenness, profligacy, intemperance, wantonness, dissoluteness Her face was a revelation of age and dissipation.
Translations

dissipation

[ˌdɪsɪˈpeɪʃən] N
1. (= act of dispelling) → disipación f; (= waste) → derroche m, desperdicio m
2. (= debauchery) → disipación f, libertinaje m

dissipation

[ˌdɪsɪˈpeɪʃən] n
(= dispersal) [heat, smoke] → dissipation f
(= calming) [tension, anger] → apaisement m
(= wasting) [energy] → gaspillage m; [efforts] → dispersion f; [money] → gaspillage m; [wealth] → dilapidation f
(literary) (= debauchery) → débauche f

dissipation

n
(= debauchery)Ausschweifung f; a life of dissipationein ausschweifendes Leben
(= dispersal: of doubts, fears) → Zerstreuung f
(= wasting, of energy, efforts) → Verschwendung f, → Vergeudung f; (of fortune)Verschwendung f

dissipation

[ˌdɪsɪˈpeɪʃn] n (frm) (of fears) → dissolvimento; (of money, fortune, effort) → dissipazione f; (debauchery) → dissolutezza

dissipation

n. disipación, vida disipada; dispersión.
References in classic literature ?
Going to Sandusky, on Lake Erie, he began an orgy of dissipation, the story of which afterward filled his home town with awe.
The place was too modest to attract the attention of people of fashion, and so quiet as to have escaped the notice of those in search of pleasure and dissipation.
The appearance of these relics of wild dissipation, however, had lifted Christie out of her sublime resignation.
Intellectual "work" is misnamed; it is a pleasure, a dissipation, and is its own highest reward.
It is said that the vast majority of the Heidelberg students are hard workers, and make the most of their opportunities; that they have no surplus means to spend in dissipation, and no time to spare for frolicking.
Come right out and tell me you've found out somehow what a shape I'm in on account of dissipation and foolishness.
He was known to us all as being a most cruel wretch,--a common drunk- ard, who had, by his reckless mismanagement and profligate dissipation, already wasted a large por- tion of his father's property.
Knightley,) who know how very, very seldom I am ever two hours from Hartfield, why you should foresee such a series of dissipation for me, I cannot imagine.
I say awakened, because time and London, business and dissipation, had in some measure quieted it, and I had been growing a fine hardened villain, fancying myself indifferent to her, and chusing to fancy that she too must have become indifferent to me; talking to myself of our past attachment as a mere idle, trifling business, shrugging up my shoulders in proof of its being so, and silencing every reproach, overcoming every scruple, by secretly saying now and then,
He neither wept nor prayed; he cursed and defied: execrated God and man, and gave himself up to reckless dissipation.
What form of suffering has dissipation inflicted on your system this morning?
Immediate in a flame, But soon obscur'd with smoak, all Heav'n appeerd, From those deep-throated Engins belcht, whose roar Emboweld with outragious noise the Air, And all her entrails tore, disgorging foule Thir devillish glut, chaind Thunderbolts and Hail Of Iron Globes, which on the Victor Host Level'd, with such impetuous furie smote, That whom they hit, none on thir feet might stand, Though standing else as Rocks, but down they fell By thousands, Angel on Arch-Angel rowl'd; The sooner for thir Arms, unarm'd they might Have easily as Spirits evaded swift By quick contraction or remove; but now Foule dissipation follow'd and forc't rout; Nor serv'd it to relax thir serried files.