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profligate

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

adjective
utterly and shamelessly immoral or dissipated; thoroughly dissolute.
recklessly prodigal or extravagant.
noun
a profligate person.
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Origin of profligate

1525–35; <Latin prōflīgātus broken down in character, degraded, originally past participle of prōflīgāre to shatter, debase, equivalent to prō-pro-1 + -flīgāre, derivative of flīgere to strike; see inflict, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM profligate

prof·li·gate·ly, adverbprof·li·gate·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for profligate

profligate
/ (ˈprɒflɪɡɪt) /

adjective
shamelessly immoral or debauched
wildly extravagant or wasteful
noun
a profligate person

Derived forms of profligate

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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