2018-01-12 18:29:11 UTC
I have a question about the following sentences from a novel.
a middle-aged investigator with a dissipated, florid face
(The Body Farm by P. Cornwell)
question about: the meaning of "dissipated".
In such a descrition of someone's face, what could be meant by "dissipated"?
Oxford lists the following two definitions:
1.1 Disperse or scatter.
‘the cloud of smoke dissipated’
2. Waste or fritter away (money, energy, or resources)
‘he inherited, but then dissipated, his father's fortune’
My guess is: as his face is florid, he may have some fever. So, "dissipated" means
about fever tiring his face, or energy-lost complexion.