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Sunday, January 08, 2012

Definitions for profligacy

  1. Reckless extravagance.
  2. Shameless dissoluteness.
  3. Great abundance.

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Citations for profligacy
The extravagance and general profligacy which he scrupled not to lay at Mr. Wickham's charge, exceedingly shocked her; the more so, as she could bring no proof of its injustice. Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
The profligacy of a man of fashion is looked upon with much less contempt and aversion, than that of a man of meaner condition. Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments
Origin of profligacy
1730-1740
Profligacy comes from the Latin word prōflīgātus which meant "broken down in character or degraded."