- Profligate is defined as acting in a way that is immoral or wrong.
An example of profligate is a congressman spending government money on personal projects.
- The definition of profligate is acting wasteful or spending money too freely.
An example of profligate is a newly rich person buying houses for all their friends.
profligate definition by Webster's New World
- immoral and shameless
- extremely wasteful; recklessly extravagant
Origin: Classical Latin profligatus, past participle of profligare, to strike to the ground, rout, ruin ; from pro-, forward (see pro-) plush fligere, to drive, dash (see inflict)
profligate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Given over to dissipation; dissolute.
- Recklessly wasteful; wildly extravagant.
Origin: Latin prōflīgātus, past participle of prōflīgāre, to ruin, cast down : prō-, forward; see pro-1 + -flīgāre, intensive of flīgere, to strike down.
- profˈli·ga·cy noun
- profˈli·gate·ly adverb