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prodigality

[prod-i-gal-i-tee] /ˌprɒd ɪˈgæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural prodigalities for 2, 3.
1.
the quality or fact of being prodigal; wasteful extravagance in spending.
2.
an instance of it.
3.
lavish abundance.
Origin of prodigality
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English prodigalite < Latin prōdigālitās wastefulness, equivalent to prōdig(us) extravagant + -āl(is) -al1 + -itās -ity
Can be confused
prodigality, profligacy.
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Examples from the Web for prodigality
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  • When fortune buffets a man for years she is apt, if caught in the right vein, to shower her favors on him with prodigality.

    The Great Mogul Louis Tracy
  • The pyramids are the most conspicuous example of this prodigality.

    Architecture Thomas Roger Smith
  • They assume the shape of vices in the form of prodigality and extravagance.

    The Argosy Various
  • His charity was only another form of prodigality, He was a gambler, too.

    Art in England Dutton Cook
  • His prodigality was not of that purely egotistical description most commonly found in spendthrifts of his class.

  • But all this prodigality and easiness of life detracts a little from ambition.

    Our Italy Charles Dudley Warner
  • prodigality, however, is as much to be condemned as judicious liberality is to be lauded.

  • And I am afraid it is very often the wives, Honora, who take the lead in prodigality.

    A Modern Chronicle, Complete Winston Churchill
  • In your prodigality there is at times something which scandalises me.

    Charles Baudelaire, His Life Thophile Gautier
  • The prodigality of a Polish feast exceeds all comprehension.

Word Origin and History for prodigality
n.

mid-14c., from Old French prodigalite (13c., Modern French prodigalité) and directly from Medieval Latin prodigalitatem (nominative prodigalitas) "wastefulness," from Latin prodigialis, from prodigus "wasteful" (see prodigal).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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