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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.
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But the period of my dissipation would end and I always felt very sick afterwards.
The getting of your anchor was a noisy operation on board a merchant ship of yesterday - an inspiring, joyous noise, as if, with the emblem of hope, the ship's company expected to drag up out of the depths, each man all his personal hopes into the reach of a securing hand - the hope of home, the hope of rest, of liberty, of dissipation, of hard pleasure, following the hard endurance of many days between sky and water.
Her neglect of her husband, her encouragement of other men, her extravagance and dissipation, were so gross and notorious that no one could be ignorant of them at the time, nor can now have forgotten them.
Grey-headed men, wonderfully pathetic in their dissipation, stared at her through clouds.
It suits you so badly- all this debauchery, dissipation, and the rest of it
Her face, marked by low passions and dissipation, might once have been lovely.
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.
At last prospects for promotion in the revenue service began to open to him, but it was too late; his naturally robust constitution had given way to over-work and dissipation, and he died in 1796 at the age of thirty-seven.
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,