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English Dictionary: profligate by the DICT Development Group
4 results for profligate
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
profligate
adj
  1. recklessly wasteful; "prodigal in their expenditures"
    Synonym(s): extravagant, prodigal, profligate, spendthrift
  2. unrestrained by convention or morality; "Congreve draws a debauched aristocratic society"; "deplorably dissipated and degraded"; "riotous living"; "fast women"
    Synonym(s): debauched, degenerate, degraded, dissipated, dissolute, libertine, profligate, riotous, fast
n
  1. a dissolute man in fashionable society [syn: rake, rakehell, profligate, rip, blood, roue]
  2. a recklessly extravagant consumer
    Synonym(s): prodigal, profligate, squanderer
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Profligate \Prof"li*gate\, v. t.
      To drive away; to overcome.
  
      Note: [A Latinism] [Obs.] --Harvey.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Profligate \Prof"li*gate\, a. [L. profligatus, p. p. of
      profligare to strike or dash to the ground, to destroy; pro
      before + a word akin to fligere to strike. See {Afflict}.]
      1. Overthrown; beaten; conquered. [Obs.]
  
                     The foe is profligate, and run.         --Hudibras.
  
      2. Broken down in respect of rectitude, principle, virtue, or
            decency; openly and shamelessly immoral or vicious;
            dissolute; as, profligate man or wretch.
  
                     A race more profligate than we.         --Roscommon.
  
                     Made prostitute and profligate muse.   --Dryden.
  
      Syn: Abandoned; corrupt; dissolute; vitiated; depraved;
               vicious; wicked. See {Abandoned}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Profligate \Prof"li*gate\, n.
      An abandoned person; one openly and shamelessly vicious; a
      dissolute person. [bd]Such a profligate as Antony.[b8]
      --Swift.
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