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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
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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  • Indeed his prodigality with the upper middle range seemed to cost him a bit at the extremes.
  • The empty-handed are rare, perhaps because the urge to make a dent in this vast pile of prodigality is close to overwhelming.
  • He preached austerity, yet practised prodigality, doling out favours and privileges with flair and precision.
  • He reads, be writes, he speaks with a prodigality of will and vim perfectly astounding.
  • But all this prodigality and easiness of life detracts a little from ambition.
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).

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