- utterly and shamelessly immoral or dissipated; thoroughly dissolute.
- recklessly prodigal or extravagant.
- a profligate person.
Origin of profligate
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Examples from the Web for profligate
As understandable from an industry perspective as this practice may have been, profligate use of these vital medications must end.When Antibiotics Don’t Work, It’s Everyone’s Problem
May 1, 2014
Moreover, the settlements rely for their subsistence on profligate funding and services provided by the state of Israel.Partition Skepticism and the Future of the Peace Process
Avner Inbar, Assaf Sharon
September 25, 2013
The same day, one of the most reckless and profligate home lenders reported far less impressive results.Freddie Mac’s Profits Obscure Housing-Boom Damage
March 3, 2013
During the cold war he was, in a sense, on the left—he regarded it as a profligate waste of American resources.“The Patriarch”: Joseph Kennedy Sr.’s Outsized Life
November 21, 2012
And nothing offends those sensibilities more profoundly than profligate spending and runaway debt.Mitt Romney’s Advantage: Square, Frugal Identity
June 4, 2012
The brilliant but profligate Buckingham is retained as prime minister.
Why, a profligate couldn't spend ten dollars a week here, if he tried.Rival Pitchers of Oakdale
He was reputed to be the paid lover of an exiled and profligate queen.The Nabob
But we have some of it left, and we profligate rulers, as the workers call us, cherish it.The White Invaders
Raymond King Cummings
The imagination of a profligate cannot be other than depraved.The Young Maiden
A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
- shamelessly immoral or debauched
- wildly extravagant or wasteful
- a profligate person
Word Origin and History for profligate
1520s, "overthrown, routed" (now obsolete in this sense), from Latin profligatus "destroyed, ruined, corrupt, abandoned, dissolute," past participle of profligare "to cast down, defeat, ruin," from pro- "down, forth" (see pro-) + fligere "to strike" (see afflict). Main modern meaning "recklessly extravagant" is 1779, via notion of "ruined by vice" (1640s, implied in a use of profligation). Related: Profligately. As a noun from 1709.