• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Profligateness The quality of being profligate; an abandoned course of life; profligacy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n profligateness The character of being profligate; profligacy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Profligateness state or quality of being profligate: a vicious course of life
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. profligatus, pa.p. of profligārepro, forward, fligĕre, to dash.


In literature:

He assisted one of his profligate friends in the abduction of a girl.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
Bottles, you are a profligate man!
"Matthew Arnold" by G. W. E. Russell
All other animals are domestic animals; man alone is ever undomestic, either as a profligate or a monk.
"Orthodoxy" by G. K. Chesterton
The profligate conduct of Queen Eleanor, who accompanied her royal consort, led to serious political conditions.
"A Short History of France" by Mary Platt Parmele
She could make him believe anything, that the profligate queen was a Madonna.
"The Life of Nelson, Vol. I (of 2)" by A. T. (Alfred Thayer) Mahan
Puffington was not what the old ladies call a profligate young man.
"Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour" by R. S. Surtees
Rake (a profligate) = dibocxulo, malcxastulo.
"English-Esperanto Dictionary" by John Charles O'Connor and Charles Frederic Hayes
She is ill-tempered, haughty, and profligate.
"A Journey through the Kingdom of Oude, Volumes I & II" by William Sleeman
The profligate thinks he knows women.
"Ancient Art and Ritual" by Jane Ellen Harrison
His early life was not profligate like that of John Newton or John Bunyan.
"A Life of St. John for the Young" by George Ludington Weed

In poetry:

K was a profligate Kite
Who would haunt the saloons every night;
And often he ust
To reel back to his roost
Too full to set up on it right.
"Billy's Alphabetical Animal Show" by James Whitcomb Riley
Hickory shoots unnumbered rise,
Sallow and wasting themselves in sighs,
Children begot at a criminal rate
In the sight of a God that is profligate.
"Geometry" by John Crowe Ransom
COME now--to the gates of that palace advance,
Built by Louis Eleventh, "the Nero of France;"
And tell how he suffered the pangs of remorse,
Ere death put an end to his profligate course.
"Enigma XXlV." by Elizabeth Hitchener

In news:

In both cases, we were profligate.
As recklessly generous as usual with plot, as profligate as ever with device, Mr Boyd tells his subsequent tale of amoral, obsessive and cunning love in flashback from yet another time and place: Los Angeles in 1936.
When you examine the litany of geniuses who wrought havoc in the markets in their profligate quest for unmitigated deregulation, you're hard-pressed to find the fairer sex among them.
When Jaimy Gordon won the National Book Award for fiction last month, she prompted a profligate outburst of metaphors about dark horses.
In his speech, Ryan properly excoriated the president for his profligate spending and for his indifference to the nation's debt crisis.
Profligate Princes Stir Succession Questions And Threaten Reform.
Others, gathering for family vacations, travel vast distances over meridian and parallel to capture a glimpse of Mount Rainier's most profligate expression – its wildflowers.
The first person to air condition his private home was Charles Gates, son of industrialist and profligate gambler John Gates, who set up a cumbersome system at his house in Minneapolis in 1914.
In the tug of war, Britain stands at the most austere end of the rope, while the European Parliament is at the most profligate.
Many Finnish voters are against bailouts for weaker euro zone states, arguing that they help profligate countries while Finland faces austerity at home.
On the campaign trail, Texas Gov Rick Perry decries the invasive and profligate ways of big government.
The most obvious issue with so many of us here is our profligate consumption of dwindling natural resources and the waste and pollution generated in the process.
Voters must respond by pushing profligate public schools to be as frugal as charter schools .
It is a message that my conservative friends have been sending me for years: Georgia spends too much on government services and taxes us too much to pay for all that profligate spending.
The former manager of San Francisco's Public Utilities Commission, Susan Leal, is on a mission to spread the water message and encourage the public to cut back on their profligate habits.