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profligate

Syllabification: prof·li·gate
Pronunciation: /ˈpräfləɡət
 
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Definition of profligate in English:

adjective

1Recklessly extravagant or wasteful in the use of resources: profligate consumers of energy
More example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms

noun

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A licentious, dissolute person.
Example sentences
  • 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

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'.

Derivatives

profligacy

1
Pronunciation: /ˈpräfliɡəsē/
noun
Example sentences
  • 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

2
adverb
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with profligate

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