[ prof-li-git, -geyt ]
/ ˈprɒf lɪ gɪt, -ˌgeɪt /


utterly and shamelessly immoral or dissipated; thoroughly dissolute.
recklessly prodigal or extravagant.


a profligate person.

Origin of profligate

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

prof·li·gate·ly, adverbprof·li·gate·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for profligate


/ (ˈprɒflɪɡɪt) /


shamelessly immoral or debauched
wildly extravagant or wasteful


a profligate person

Derived Forms

profligacy (ˈprɒflɪɡəsɪ), nounprofligately, adverb

Word Origin for profligate

C16: from Latin prōflīgātus corrupt, from prōflīgāre to overthrow, from pro- 1 + flīgere to beat
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