The same day, one of the most reckless and profligate home lenders reported far less impressive results.
But Niall Ferguson claims they should direct their fury at the profligate spending of the baby boomers.
Moreover, the settlements rely for their subsistence on profligate funding and services provided by the state of Israel.
And nothing offends those sensibilities more profoundly than profligate spending and runaway debt.
The administration felt it could not go bigger for all the usual reasons—fear of seeming too profligate and so on.
All the personages in this piece are of an abandoned and profligate character.
The imagination of a profligate cannot be other than depraved.
A host of signboards are attributed to Hogarth or that eccentric and profligate genius, George Morland.
We do not gain the high art of holding the good which we gain, so profligate are we.
If you spend your nights in public, you're a profligate; and if you spend them at home, you're a secret drinker.
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.