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profligate

[prof-li-git, -geyt] /ˈprɒf lɪ gɪt, -ˌgeɪt/
adjective
1.
utterly and shamelessly immoral or dissipated; thoroughly dissolute.
2.
recklessly prodigal or extravagant.
noun
3.
a profligate person.
Origin
1525-1535
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
Related forms
profligately, adverb
profligateness, noun
Synonyms
1. abandoned, licentious.
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British Dictionary definitions for prof ligate

profligate

/ˈprɒflɪɡɪt/
adjective
1.
shamelessly immoral or debauched
2.
wildly extravagant or wasteful
noun
3.
a profligate person
Derived Forms
profligacy (ˈprɒflɪɡəsɪ) noun
profligately, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin prōflīgātus corrupt, from prōflīgāre to overthrow, from pro-1 + flīgere to beat
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Word Origin and History for prof ligate

profligate

adj.

1520s, "overthrown, routed" (now obsolete in this sense), from Latin profligatus "destroyed, ruined, corrupt, abandoned, dissolute," past participle of profligare "to cast down, defeat, ruin," from pro- "down, forth" (see pro-) + fligere "to strike" (see afflict). Main modern meaning "recklessly extravagant" is 1779, via notion of "ruined by vice" (1640s, implied in a use of profligation). Related: Profligately. As a noun from 1709.

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