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profligate - Wiktionary

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* 1 English
o 1.1 Etymology
o 1.2 Pronunciation 1
+ 1.2.1 Adjective
# Synonyms
# Derived terms
+ 1.2.2 Noun
# Synonyms
o 1.3 Pronunciation 2
+ 1.3.1 Verb
# Synonyms
o 1.4 Related terms
o 1.5 External links

[edit] English
[edit] Etymology

From Latin prōflīgātus (“‘wretched, abandoned’”), participle of prōflīgō (“‘strike down, cast down’”) < pro (“‘forward’”) + fligere (“‘to strike, dash’”)
[edit] Pronunciation 1

* (RP) IPA: /ˈprɒflɪgət/
* (US) enPR: prŏʹflĭgət, IPA: /ˈprɑːflɪgət/
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[edit] Adjective

profligate (comparative more profligate, superlative most profligate)


more profligate

most profligate

1. Inclined to waste resources or behave extravagantly.
2. Overthrown; beaten; conquered, especially by vice.

[edit] Synonyms

* (inclined to waste resources or behave extravagantly): wasteful, extravagant
* (overthrown; beaten; conquered, especially by vice): overthrown, beaten, conquered
* See also Wikisaurus:prodigal

[edit] Derived terms

* profligateness

[edit] Noun



profligate (plural profligates)

1. An abandoned person; one openly and shamelessly vicious; a dissolute person.
2. An overly wasteful or extravagant individual.

[edit] Synonyms

* (overly wasteful or extravagant individual): wastrel
* See also Wikisaurus:spendthrift

[edit] Pronunciation 2

* (RP) IPA: /ˈprɒflɪgeɪt/
* (US) enPR: prŏʹflĭgāt, IPA: /ˈprɑːflɪgeɪt/
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[edit] Verb

to profligate

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to profligate (third-person singular simple present profligates, present participle profligating, simple past and past participle profligated)

1. (obsolete) To drive away; to overcome.
* 1840, Alexander Walker, Woman Physiologically Considered as to Mind, Morals, Marriage, Matrimonial Slavery, Infidelity and Divorce, page 157:

Such a stipulation would remove one powerful temptation to profligate pennyless seducers, of whom there are too many prowling in the higher circles ;

[edit] Synonyms

* (to drive away; to overcome): overcome

[edit] Related terms

* profligacy
* profligately
* profligateness
* profligation

[edit] External links

* profligate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
* profligate in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

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