Origin of profligate
Examples from the Web for profligate
As understandable from an industry perspective as this practice may have been, profligate use of these vital medications must end.When Antibiotics Don’t Work, It’s Everyone’s Problem|Russell Saunders|May 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Moreover, the settlements rely for their subsistence on profligate funding and services provided by the state of Israel.Partition Skepticism and the Future of the Peace Process|Avner Inbar, Assaf Sharon|September 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The same day, one of the most reckless and profligate home lenders reported far less impressive results.
During the cold war he was, in a sense, on the left—he regarded it as a profligate waste of American resources.“The Patriarch”: Joseph Kennedy Sr.’s Outsized Life|Jacob Heilbrunn|November 21, 2012|DAILY BEAST
And nothing offends those sensibilities more profoundly than profligate spending and runaway debt.
Link a man to the pulpit, and he cannot proceed to any great lengths in profligate life.An History of Birmingham (1783)|William Hutton
Although Edgar was a profligate, he was a sensible man, and my story made him furious.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete|Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Young, giddy, inexperienced and wilful, she was cast headlong into the most profligate court of Christendom.Carey & Hart's Catalog (1852)|Edward Carey
If you spend your nights in public, you're a profligate; and if you spend them at home, you're a secret drinker.The Transgression of Andrew Vane|Guy Wetmore Carryl
We were told that they are a profligate set, like too many of their class elsewhere, and enjoyed a certain immunity from the laws.Due West|Maturin Murray Ballou
British Dictionary definitions for profligate
Word Origin for profligate
Word Origin and History for profligate
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.