Definition of profligate in English:

profligate

Syllabification: prof·li·gate
Pronunciation: /ˈpräfligət, -ləˌgāt
 
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adjective

  • 1Recklessly extravagant or wasteful in the use of resources: profligate consumers of energy
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    • Unfortunately, the extent of the downswing will be proportional to boom-time excesses, and the profligate consumer sector will be forced to retrench.
    • Dismissing conservation as a low priority is dangerous in that it will encourage a profligate use of natural resources and a lack of concern about the current human destruction of the Earth.
    • Manifestly, America's bubble economy of the late 1990s had its center in the most profligate consumer borrowing and spending binge in history.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1Licentious; dissolute: he succumbed to drink and a profligate lifestyle
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    • The recent support for the party of Pim Fortuyn in the Netherlands has failed to quell the spirit of profligate immorality endemic to that country.
    • In Northern Europe, they'll deny you a discharge if they think you ran up the original debt in a profligate or immoral fashion.
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noun

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  • A licentious, dissolute person.
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    • It was believed Germans were afraid of pooling their successful monetary sovereignty with putative profligates such as, perhaps, Italy.
    • The profligates that biologists call stem cells have their own secret for staying young: run away and hide in a place far from the machinations of transcription factors with an eye on your genes.
    • White, blue, purple, and scarlet were the colors of the gods, priests, profligates, saints and monarchs, either in combination or singularly.
    Synonyms
    libertine, debauchee, degenerate, dissolute, roué, rake, sybarite, voluptuary

Derivatives

profligacy

Pronunciation: /ˈpräfligəsē/
noun
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  • The first moment of wanton profligacy came in the 51st minute.
  • Of course, such profligacy amidst narrow defeat only serves to underline the qualities that set Woods apart from his competition, especially here at St Andrews.
  • That impression was confirmed throughout a second half in which his side displayed a profligacy that doesn't sit well with their status as championship contenders.

profligately

adverb
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  • They are profligately displaying their power, including the power to abuse the House's tenuous-at-best policing of itself.
  • When others consume profligately, it can actually harm society.
  • He chose movie scripts profligately, appearing in lousy films just to earn money for his expensive enthusiasms.

Origin

mid 16th century (in the sense 'overthrown, routed'): from Latin profligatus 'dissolute', past participle of profligare 'overthrow, ruin', from pro- 'forward, down' + fligere 'strike down'.

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