Definitions for profligateˈprɒf lɪ gɪt, -ˌgeɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

prof•li•gateˈprɒf lɪ gɪt, -ˌgeɪt(adj.)

  1. utterly and shamelessly immoral or dissipated; thoroughly dissolute.

  2. recklessly prodigal or extravagant.

  3. (n.)a profligate person.

Origin of profligate:

1525–35; < L prōflīgātus broken down in character, degraded, orig. ptp. of prōflīgāre to shatter, debase =prō-pro -1+-flīgāre, der. of flīgere to strike; see inflict , -ate1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. rake, rakehell, profligate, rip, blood, roue(noun)

    a dissolute man in fashionable society

  2. prodigal, profligate, squanderer(adj)

    a recklessly extravagant consumer

  3. extravagant, prodigal, profligate, spendthrift(adj)

    recklessly wasteful

    "prodigal in their expenditures"

  4. debauched, degenerate, degraded, dissipated, dissolute, libertine, profligate, riotous, fast(adj)

    unrestrained by convention or morality

    "Congreve draws a debauched aristocratic society"; "deplorably dissipated and degraded"; "riotous living"; "fast women"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Profligate(adj)

    overthrown; beaten; conquered

  2. Profligate(adj)

    broken down in respect of rectitude, principle, virtue, or decency; openly and shamelessly immoral or vicious; dissolute; as, profligate man or wretch

  3. Profligate(noun)

    an abandoned person; one openly and shamelessly vicious; a dissolute person

  4. Profligate(verb)

    to drive away; to overcome


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