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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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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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