- prodigal son,
Origin of prodigal
Examples from the Web for prodigal
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|DAILY BEAST
Her "prodigal son" brother, Mehran (Reza Sixo Safari), a former classical musician, returns home from a stint in drug rehab.
Turns out, Nash's "prodigal roommate" Charles isn't real, but rather a personification of Nash's loss of youthful exuberance.
In going to the Cleveland Cavaliers, he was the prodigal son playing in his homeland.
The Lacunaby Barbara Kingsolver Her first novel since Prodigal Summer.
Could the prodigal have found his place in the arms of the One revealed on Mount Sinai?Notes on the book of Exodus|C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh
A man, he judged, of spendthrift generosity, a prodigal of himself.Love and Lucy|Maurice Henry Hewlett
His plan, and the execution of it, are at once clear and concise; but he is too prodigal of the term "rare."Bibliomania; or Book-Madness|Thomas Frognall Dibdin
Now when poverty pinched the prodigal son, as it did Mr. Green in New York, what was the language of that truly penitent.Secret Band of Brothers|Jonathan Harrington Green
The face of the magnificent creature at the Prodigal's left hand is a wondrous piece of drawing.
Word Origin for prodigal
mid-15c., a back-formation from prodigality, or else from Middle French prodigal and directly from Late Latin prodigalis, from Latin prodigus "wasteful," from prodigere "drive away, waste," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + agere "to drive" (see act (v.)). First reference is to prodigial son, from Vulgate Latin filius prodigus (Luke xv:11-32). As a noun, "prodigal person," 1590s, from the adjective (the Latin adjective also was used as a noun).