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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.
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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Adv.1.prodigally - to a wasteful manner or to a wasteful degree; "we are still prodigally rich compared to others"
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(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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How gratefully he receives, how prodigally he repays, the cordial appreciation of an admiring world!
"What I was going to observe, my dear Madam,"--here the resolute Clump once more interposed with a bland air--"what I was going to observe when you gave utterance to sentiments which do you so much honour, was that I think you alarm yourself needlessly about our kind friend, and sacrifice your own health too prodigally in her favour."
The bountiful gifts of health and strength, so prodigally heaped on her by Nature, so long abused with impunity, were failing her at last.
The prodigally powerful Maori-metal trio Alien Weaponry have carved their own sound somewhere between Sepultura and Silverschair and are in good company with the heavy-metal powerhouse Anthrax who will give fans a performance to remember.
While not a leaf seems faded; while the fields With ripening harvest prodigally fair, In brightest sunshine bask; this nipping air, Sent from some distant clime where Winter wields His icy scimitar, a foretaste yields Of bitter change, and bids the flowers beware; And whispers to the silent birds, 'Prepare Against the threatening foe your trustiest shields' For me, who under kindlier laws belong To Nature's tuneful quire, this rustling dry Through leaves yet green, and yon crystalline sky, Announce a season potent to renew, 'Mid frost and snow, the instinctive joys of song, And nobler cares than listless summer knew.
It now wastes this prestige prodigally. In the Syrian crisis, Turkey has persistently picked the wrong options since the outset.
was never worth the jewel which I prodigally gave you: my virginity.
Barrie Kosky's prodigally inventive silent-screen Magic Flute, a standing-room-only hit at his home theatre, Berlin's Komische Oper, delighted a packed matinee house at the Academy.
They have identified him, in the lingo of the times, as a rising star, a natural stylist destined to make a name for himself, inventive in line and color, indeed prodigally gifted and ready to display his visual talents.
A judicious businessperson will consistently find out approaches and techniques to touch base with a maximum number of customers without spending money prodigally. Using a standard text messaging method, you can encourage your targeted customers to use your business products and services.
Whatever resources are available, we should use those fairly and honestly, not prodigally.
Such is the degree to which religion has either been central to, or has facilitated, the deadlines of conflicts, prodigally sacrificing humanity on alters erected even to mere differences in doctrinal niceties or historical interpretations, and most lethally when this occurs within the same faith.