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Friday, April 07, 2000

Definitions for profligate

  1. Openly and shamelessly immoral; dissipated; dissolute.
  2. Recklessly wasteful.
  3. A profligate person.

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Citations for profligate
Both Curtiss and Feldmar agreed that after the birth of Bruno the couple grew less happy and that there was a good deal of squabbling caused, apparently, by the father's profligate ways and infidelities. Arthur Lennig, Stroheim
Life had to be challenged, attacked every instant, with reckless speed in a Ferrari, with profligate spending, with unrestrained sexuality, with artistic ambitions as monumental as they were impractical. Tag Gallagher, The Adventures of Roberto Rossellini
Origin of profligate
1525-1535
Profligate derives from the past participle of Latin profligatus, from profligare, to strike or fling forward, hence to the ground, from pro-, forward + fligere, to strike down.
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