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[prof-li-guh-see] /ˈprɒf lɪ gə si/
shameless dissoluteness.
reckless extravagance.
great abundance.
Origin of profligacy
1730-40; proflig(ate) + -acy
Can be confused
prodigality, profligacy. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for profligacy
  • Hardest of all will be finding the political will to curb profligacy.
  • The industry became a byword for mendacity, secrecy and profligacy with taxpayers' money.
  • But the profligacy represented by home garbage disposers and throwaway cameras is new.
  • Capital flows should improve a country's macroeconomic stewardship by rewarding prudence and punishing profligacy.
  • profligacy among regional governments is another concern.
  • We in the rich world will have to pay some price for our decades of profligacy.
  • In a sense, such profligacy extends to humanity, too.
  • In an economic sense, their remarkable increase is less the outcome of government profligacy than private thrift.
  • If profligacy has been their social imperative, its moral corollary is unflinching tolerance.
  • It is a grimly compelling chronicle of paternal enabling and filial profligacy.
Word Origin and History for profligacy

1670s, from profligate + -cy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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