prodigality

[ prod-i-gal-i-tee ]
/ ˌprɒd ɪˈgæl ɪ ti /

noun, plural prod·i·gal·i·ties for 2, 3.

the quality or fact of being prodigal; wasteful extravagance in spending.
an instance of it.
lavish abundance.

Nearby words

  1. prod.,
  2. prodd,
  3. prodi,
  4. prodigal,
  5. prodigal son,
  6. prodigious,
  7. prodigiously,
  8. prodigy,
  9. prodomos,
  10. prodromal

Origin of prodigality

1300–50; Middle English prodigalite < Latin prōdigālitās wastefulness, equivalent to prōdig(us) extravagant + -āl(is) -al1 + -itās -ity

Can be confusedprodigality profligacy

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Word Origin and History for prodigality

prodigality

n.

mid-14c., from Old French prodigalite (13c., Modern French prodigalité) and directly from Medieval Latin prodigalitatem (nominative prodigalitas) "wastefulness," from Latin prodigialis, from prodigus "wasteful" (see prodigal).

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