prof ligate

profligate

[prof-li-git, -geyt]
adjective
1.
utterly and shamelessly immoral or dissipated; thoroughly dissolute.
2.
recklessly prodigal or extravagant.
noun
3.
a profligate person.

Origin:
1525–35; < Latin prōflīgātus broken down in character, degraded, orig. past participle of prōflīgāre to shatter, debase, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + -flīgāre, derivative of flīgere to strike; see inflict, -ate1

profligately, adverb
profligateness, noun


1. abandoned, licentious.
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profligate (ˈprɒflɪɡɪt)
 
adj
1.  shamelessly immoral or debauched
2.  wildly extravagant or wasteful
 
n
3.  a profligate person
 
[C16: from Latin prōflīgātus corrupt, from prōflīgāre to overthrow, from pro-1 + flīgere to beat]
 
profligacy
 
n
 
'profligately
 
adv

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profligate
1526, "overthrown" (implied in profligation), from L. profligatus "destroyed, dissolute," pp. of profligare "to cast down, defeat, ruin," from pro- "down, forth" + fligere "to strike" (see afflict). Meaning "recklessly extravagant" is 1779, via notion of "ruined by vice" (1647).
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