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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 ?
Then take my word for it,--I am not a villain: you are not to suppose that--not to attribute to me any such bad eminence; but, owing, I verily believe, rather to circumstances than to my natural bent, I am a trite commonplace sinner, hackneyed in all the poor petty dissipations with which the rich and worthless try to put on life.
In sheer despair, he let his own impetuous youth drive him on; and cast himself into the lowest dissipations of a London life.
A day of deliverance, notwithstanding, was at hand, which to me seemed like the bridal of a girl dying to rush into the dissipations of society.