An example of profligate is a newly rich person buying houses for all their friends.
An example of profligate is a congressman spending government money on personal projects.
A profligate nightlife.
A profligate spender; the profligate use of water.
Origin of profligate
- Latin prōflīgātus past participle of prōflīgāre to ruin, cast down prō- forward pro–1 -flīgāre intensive of flīgere to strike down
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition