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prod·i·gal

 (prŏd′ĭ-gəl)
adj.
1. Rashly or wastefully extravagant: prodigal expenditures on unneeded weaponry; a prodigal nephew who squandered his inheritance.
2. Giving or given in abundance; lavish or profuse: "the infinite number of organic beings with which the sea of the tropics, so prodigal of life, teems" (Charles Darwin). See Synonyms at profuse.
n.
One who is given to wasteful luxury or extravagance.

[Late Middle English, probably back-formation from Middle English prodigalite, from Old French, from Late Latin prōdigālitās, from Latin prōdigus, prodigal, from prōdigere, to drive away, squander : prōd-, prō-, for, forth; see proud + agere, to drive; see ag- in Indo-European roots.]

prod′i·gal′i·ty (-găl′ĭ-tē) n.
prod′i·gal·ly adv.
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prodigal

(ˈprɒdɪɡəl)
adj
1. recklessly wasteful or extravagant, as in disposing of goods or money
2. lavish in giving or yielding: prodigal of compliments.
n
a person who spends lavishly or squanders money
[C16: from Medieval Latin prōdigālis wasteful, from Latin prōdigus lavish, from prōdigere to squander, from pro-1 + agere to drive]
ˌprodiˈgality n
ˈprodigally adv
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prod•i•gal

(ˈprɒd ɪ gəl)

adj.
1. wastefully or recklessly extravagant.
2. giving or yielding profusely; lavish (usu. fol. by of or with): to be prodigal with money.
3. lavishly abundant; profuse: prodigal resources.
n.
4. a person who spends money or uses resources with wasteful extravagance; wastrel or profligate.
prod′i•gal•ly, adv.
syn: See lavish.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prodigal - 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.prodigal - recklessly wasteful; "prodigal in their expenditures"
wasteful - tending to squander and waste
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prodigal

adjective
2. (often with of) lavish, bountiful, unstinting, unsparing, bounteous, profuse with You are prodigal of both your toil and your talent.
lavish generous, free, liberal, bountiful, open-handed, unstinting
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prodigal

adjective
1. Characterized by excessive or imprudent spending:
2. Given to or marked by unrestrained abundance:
noun
A person who spends money or resources wastefully:
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Translations
marnotratný
ødsel
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atgailaujantis paklydėlisišlaidžiaisūnus paklydėlis
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prodigal

[ˈprɒdɪgəl]
A. ADJpródigo
prodigal of (frm) → pródigo con
the prodigal sonel hijo pródigo
B. Ndespilfarrador(a) m/f
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prodigal

[ˈprɒdɪgəl] adj (= extravagant) → prodigue
the Prodigal Son → le fils prodigue
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prodigal

adjverschwenderisch; to be prodigal of somethingverschwenderisch mit etw umgehen; the prodigal son (Bibl, fig) → der verlorene Sohn
nVerschwender(in) m(f)
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prodigal

[ˈprɒdɪgl] adjprodigo/a
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prodigal

(ˈprodigəl) adjective
spending (money etc) too extravagantly; wasteful.
ˈprodigally adverb
ˌprodiˈgality (-ˈgӕ-) noun
the prodigal son
1. a disobedient and irresponsible son who wastes money on a life of pleasure and later returns home to ask for his parents' forgiveness.
2. a person who acts irresponsibly and later regrets it.
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She conveyed an atmosphere of softness and repentance, a general suggestion of prodigal daughters revisiting old homesteads.
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