Profligate meaning

prŏf'lĭ-gĭt, -gāt'
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.

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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.

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Given to or characterized by licentiousness or dissipation.

A profligate nightlife.

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Given to or characterized by reckless waste; wildly extravagant.

A profligate spender; the profligate use of water.

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A profligate person.
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Immoral and shameless.
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Extremely wasteful; recklessly extravagant.
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A profligate person.
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Inclined to waste resources or behave extravagantly.
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Immoral; abandoned to vice.
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An abandoned person; one openly and shamelessly vicious; a dissolute person.
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An overly wasteful or extravagant individual.
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(obsolete) To drive away; to overcome.
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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
  • From Latin prōflÄ«gātus (“wretched, abandoned"), participle of prōflÄ«gō (“strike down, cast down"), from pro (“forward") + fligere (“to strike, dash")
    From Wiktionary