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profligate

[prof-li-git, -geyt] /ˈprɒf lɪ gɪt, -ˌgeɪt/
adjective
1.
utterly and shamelessly immoral or dissipated; thoroughly dissolute.
2.
recklessly prodigal or extravagant.
noun
3.
a profligate person.
Origin of profligate
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin prōflīgātus broken down in character, degraded, orig. past participle of prōflīgāre to shatter, debase, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + -flīgāre, derivative of flīgere to strike; see inflict, -ate1
Related forms
profligately, adverb
profligateness, noun
Synonyms
1. abandoned, licentious.
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  • The brilliant but profligate Buckingham is retained as prime minister.

  • Why, a profligate couldn't spend ten dollars a week here, if he tried.

  • He was reputed to be the paid lover of an exiled and profligate queen.

    The Nabob Alphonse Daudet
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for profligate

profligate

/ˈprɒflɪɡɪt/
adjective
1.
shamelessly immoral or debauched
2.
wildly extravagant or wasteful
noun
3.
a profligate person
Derived Forms
profligacy (ˈprɒflɪɡəsɪ) noun
profligately, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin prōflīgātus corrupt, from prōflīgāre to overthrow, from pro-1 + flīgere to beat
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Word Origin and History for profligate
adj.

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.

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