profligate


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prof·li·gate

 (prŏf′lĭ-gĭt, -gāt′)
adj.
1. Given to or characterized by licentiousness or dissipation: a profligate nightlife.
2. Given to or characterized by reckless waste; wildly extravagant: a profligate spender; the profligate use of water.
n.
A profligate person.

[Latin prōflīgātus, past participle of prōflīgāre, to ruin, cast down : prō-, forward; see pro-1 + -flīgāre, intensive of flīgere, to strike down.]

prof′li·ga·cy (-gə-sē) n.
prof′li·gate·ly adv.

profligate

(ˈprɒflɪɡɪt)
adj
1. shamelessly immoral or debauched
2. wildly extravagant or wasteful
n
a profligate person
[C16: from Latin prōflīgātus corrupt, from prōflīgāre to overthrow, from pro-1 + flīgere to beat]
profligacy n
ˈprofligately adv

prof•li•gate

(ˈprɒf lɪ gɪt, -ˌgeɪt)

adj.
1. utterly and shamelessly immoral or dissipated; thoroughly dissolute.
2. recklessly prodigal or extravagant.
n.
3. a profligate person.
[1525–35; < Latin prōflīgātus broken down in character, degraded, orig. past participle of prōflīgāre to shatter, debase =prō- pro-1 + -flīgāre, derivative of flīgere to strike; see inflict, -ate1]
prof′li•gate•ly, adv.

profligate

- To overcome or overthrow.
See also related terms for overcome.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.profligate - a dissolute man in fashionable societyprofligate - a dissolute man in fashionable society
debauchee, libertine, rounder - a dissolute person; usually a man who is morally unrestrained
2.profligate - a recklessly extravagant consumer
consumer - a person who uses goods or services
scattergood, spend-all, spendthrift, spender - someone who spends money prodigally
waster, wastrel - someone who dissipates resources self-indulgently
Adj.1.profligate - recklessly wasteful; "prodigal in their expenditures"
wasteful - tending to squander and waste
2.profligate - unrestrained by convention or morality; "Congreve draws a debauched aristocratic society"; "deplorably dissipated and degraded"; "riotous living"; "fast women"
immoral - deliberately violating accepted principles of right and wrong

profligate

adjective
1. extravagant, reckless, squandering, wasteful, prodigal, spendthrift, immoderate, improvident the most profligate consumer of energy in the world

profligate

adjectivenoun
1. An immoral or licentious person:
2. A person who spends money or resources wastefully:
Translations

profligate

[ˈprɒflɪgɪt]
A. ADJ (= dissolute) → libertino, disoluto; (= extravagant) → despilfarrador, derrochador
B. N (= degenerate) → libertino/a m/f; (= spendthrift) → despilfarrador(a) m/f

profligate

[ˈprɒflɪgət] adj
(= extravagant) [lifestyle, behaviour, spending] → extravagant(e)
profligate with → prodigue de
(= wasteful) profligate use of sth → le gaspillage de qch

profligate

adj (= dissolute)lasterhaft, verworfen; (= extravagant)verschwenderisch
n (= roué)Leichtfuß m, → Liederjan m (inf); (= prodigal)Verschwender(in) m(f)

profligate

[ˈprɒflɪgɪt] adj (dissolute, behaviour, act) → dissipato/a; (000, person) → dissoluto/a
he's very profligate with his money → è uno che sperpera i suoi soldi
References in classic literature ?
He could talk sagely about the world's old age, but never actually believed what he said; he was a young man still, and therefore looked upon the world--that gray-bearded and wrinkled profligate, decrepit, without being venerable--as a tender stripling, capable of being improved into all that it ought to be, but scarcely yet had shown the remotest promise of becoming.
Judge Driscoll, an old and respected citizen, was assassinated here about midnight by a profligate Italian nobleman or a barber on account of a quarrel growing out of the recent election.
He was known to us all as being a most cruel wretch,--a common drunk- ard, who had, by his reckless mismanagement and profligate dissipation, already wasted a large por- tion of his father's property.
His own character being light, profligate, and perfidious, John easily attached to his person and faction, not only all who had reason to dread the resentment of Richard for criminal proceedings during his absence, but also the numerous class of ``lawless resolutes,'' whom the crusades had turned back on their country, accomplished in the vices of the East, impoverished in substance, and hardened in character, and who placed their hopes of harvest in civil commotion.
We both know that he has been profligate in every sense of the word; that he has neither integrity nor honour; that he is as false and deceitful as he is insinuating.
What she would have been had she married a harsh, envious, careless man--a profligate, a prodigal, a drunkard, or a tyrant--is another question, and one which I once propounded to her.
A deep sleep had already fallen upon this primitive little burgh; nothing disturbed this awful silence excepting now and then the bark of some profligate, night-walking dog, or the serenade of some romantic cat.
And surely it is equally obvious that the faded finery, the profligate habits, and the shrill irritation of Mr Glass are the unmistakable marks of the kind of man who blackmails him.
But his father--and his uncle--were the most profligate coachmen that ever sat upon a box.
You have profited by their toil to lead a profligate life.
I cannot say just why I conceived that there was something unhallowed in the matter of the book; perhaps this was a tint from the reputation of the rather profligate young man from whom my father had it.
Savage as a Red Indian, gambler and profligate, a man without morals, whose vengeance was never glutted and who stamped on the faces of all who opposed him--oh, yes, she knew all the hard names he had been called.