Dissolution or dissolve may refer to:

  • Dissolution (law), in law, means to end a legal entity or agreement such as a marriage, adoption, or corporation, or unions.
  • Dissolution (chemistry), or solvation, in chemistry, the process of dissolving a solid substance into a solvent to make a solution
  • Dissolution of parliament, in politics, the dismissal of a legislature so that fresh elections can be held, sometimes ahead of schedule
    • Dissolution of the Parliament of the United Kingdom
  • Dissolution of the Monasteries, in British history, the formal process during the English Reformation by which Henry VIII confiscated the property of the monastic institutions in England, Wales and Ireland between 1538 and 1541
    • List of monasteries dissolved by Henry VIII of England
    • Dissolution of the Lesser Monasteries Act 1535
    • Tudor conquest of Ireland
  • Dissolution (novel), a 2002 fantasy novel by Richard Lee Byers
  • Dissolution (Sansom novel), a 2003 historical novel by C. J. Sansom
  • Dissolve (filmmaking), in film and video editing, a transition between scenes
  • Decadence, moral degeneracy
  • In Hindu cosmology, the Great Dissolution, Pralaya

Famous quotes containing the word dissolution:

    We are threatened with suffering from three directions: from our own body, which is doomed to decay and dissolution and which cannot even do without pain and anxiety as warning signals; from the external world, which may rage against us with overwhelming and merciless forces of destruction; and finally from our relations to other men. The suffering which comes from this last source is perhaps more painful than any other.
    Sigmund Freud (1856–1939)

    ...that absolutely everything beloved and cherished of the bourgeoisie, the conservative, the cowardly, and the impotent—the State, family life, secular art and science—was consciously or unconsciously hostile to the religious idea, to the Church, whose innate tendency and permanent aim was the dissolution of all existing worldly orders, and the reconstitution of society after the model of the ideal, the communistic City of God.
    Thomas Mann (1875–1955)