The definition of profligate is acting wasteful or spending money too freely.adjective
An example of profligate is a newly rich person buying houses for all their friends.
Profligate is defined as acting in a way that is immoral or wrong.adjective
An example of profligate is a congressman spending government money on personal projects.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- immoral and shameless
- extremely wasteful; recklessly extravagant
Origin: L profligatus, pp. of profligare, to strike to the ground, rout, ruin < pro-, forward (see pro-) + fligere, to drive, dash (see inflict)
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- 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