Dissipate vs Perish - What's the difference?

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As verbs the difference between dissipate and perish

is that dissipate is to drive away, disperse while perish is to pass away; to come to naught; to waste away; to decay and disappear.

dissipate

English

Verb

(dissipat)
  • To drive away, disperse.
  • * Cook
  • I soon dissipated his fears.
  • * Hazlitt
  • The extreme tendency of civilization is to dissipate all intellectual energy.
  • To use up or waste.
  • * Bishop Burnet
  • The vast wealth was in three years dissipated .
  • * 1931 :
  • So much for the effort and ingenuity of Montmartre. All the catering to vice and waste was on an utterly childish scale, and he suddenly realized the meaning of the word "dissipate'"—to ' dissipate into thin air; to make nothing out of something.
  • To vanish by dispersion.
  • perish

    English

    Verb

    (es)
  • To pass away; to come to naught; to waste away; to decay and disappear.
  • To die; to cease to live.
  • * 1719 ,
  • ...the ship struck upon a sand, and ... the sea broke over her in such a manner that we expected we should all have perished immediately; and we were immediately driven into our close quarters, to shelter us from the very foam and spray of the sea.
  • (obsolete) To cause to perish.
  • (Francis Bacon)

    Synonyms

    * decease, pass away * See also

    Derived terms

    * perish the thought

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