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prodigality

[prod-i-gal-i-tee]
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noun, plural prod·i·gal·i·ties for 2, 3.
  1. the quality or fact of being prodigal; wasteful extravagance in spending.
  2. an instance of it.
  3. lavish abundance.

Origin of prodigality

1300–50; Middle English prodigalite < Latin prōdigālitās wastefulness, equivalent to prōdig(us) extravagant + -āl(is) -al1 + -itās -ity
Can be confusedprodigality profligacy
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Examples from the Web for prodigality

Historical Examples

  • The pyramids are the most conspicuous example of this prodigality.

    Architecture

    Thomas Roger Smith

  • His charity was only another form of prodigality, He was a gambler, too.

    Art in England

    Dutton Cook

  • His money gone, he was made treasurer of the troupe his prodigality had ruined.

  • They have played with number with magnificent audacity and prodigality.

  • Its prodigality was, to do it justice, tempered by extortion.


Word Origin and History for prodigality

n.

mid-14c., from Old French prodigalite (13c., Modern French prodigalité) and directly from Medieval Latin prodigalitatem (nominative prodigalitas) "wastefulness," from Latin prodigialis, from prodigus "wasteful" (see prodigal).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper