a figure in a parable of Jesus (Luke 15:11–32); a wayward son who squanders his inheritance but returns home to find that his father forgives him.
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How to use prodigal son in a sentence
No matter how you slice it, this is the most competitive Cleveland has looked without its famously prodigal son since James was still a child growing up in nearby Akron.
Intel brought back the prodigal son, 30-year veteran Pat Gelsinger, to take over from former CFO Bob Swan, who was unable to revive the struggling PC chipmaker.T-Mobile wants to stir up ‘5G FOMO’ among mobile phone users | Aaron Pressman | February 5, 2021 | Fortune
Abercrombie weaves the tale of Prince Yarvi in a tale part Captains Courageous, part Revenge of the Nerds, and part prodigal son.
No one knows, but on the 4th of July he began bellowing that the prodigal son would, in fact, return.LeBron James Returns to Cleveland: How 'The Decision 2.0' Happened | Robert Silverman | July 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Her "prodigal son" brother, Mehran (Reza Sixo Safari), a former classical musician, returns home from a stint in drug rehab.
In going to the Cleveland Cavaliers, he was the prodigal son playing in his homeland.
Here is Christianity with its marvellous parable of the prodigal son to teach us indulgence and pardon.Camille (La Dame aux Camilias) | Alexandre Dumas, fils
In a pew on the left-hand side a little old man was holding forth as to the “prodigal son.”Our Churches and Chapels | Atticus
I may be the prodigal son, but you're the devil of a moral lecturer, you are!The Varmint | Owen Johnson
Heidi soon came running out with her book under her arm and in a sympathetic voice began to read the story of the prodigal son.Heidi | Johanna Spyri
This was intended as a hit the first at the prodigal son, but Kilcullen was too crafty to allow it to tell.The Kellys and the O'Kellys | Anthony Trollope
Cultural definitions for Prodigal Son
A character in a parable Jesus told to illustrate how generous God is in forgiving sinners who repent. The Prodigal Son was a young man who asked his father for his inheritance and then left home for “a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.” As his money ran out, a famine occurred, and he went to work tending pigs, but even then he could not get enough to eat. He returned home, knowing that he had given up his right to be treated as his father's son, but hoping that his father would accept him as a hired servant on the farm. Seeing the Prodigal Son coming from a distance, the father rejoiced and ordered the fatted calf to be slaughtered for a feast to celebrate the son's return.
The Prodigal Son's elder brother returned from the fields while the feast was going on and was angry. He complained that he had never been treated to such a feast, though he had remained and worked diligently for his father while the Prodigal Son was away. The father reassured him, saying that the elder son would still get his inheritance, but it was right to celebrate the return of the Prodigal Son: “For this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.”
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