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Word of the Day
Monday, October 13, 2003

Definitions for profligate

  1. Openly and shamelessly immoral; dissipated; dissolute.
  2. Recklessly wasteful.
  3. A profligate person.

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Citations for profligate
Both Curtiss and Feldmar agreed that after the birth of Bruno the couple grew less happy and that there was a good deal of squabbling caused, apparently, by the father's profligate ways and infidelities. Arthur Lennig, Stroheim
Life had to be challenged, attacked every instant, with reckless speed in a Ferrari, with profligate spending, with unrestrained sexuality, with artistic ambitions as monumental as they were impractical. Tag Gallagher, The Adventures of Roberto Rossellini
Origin of profligate
Profligate derives from the past participle of Latin profligatus, from profligare, to strike or fling forward, hence to the ground, from pro-, forward + fligere, to strike down.