profligacy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n profligacy dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure
    • n profligacy the trait of spending extravagantly
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Profligacy The quality of state of being profligate; a profligate or very vicious course of life; a state of being abandoned in moral principle and in vice; dissoluteness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n profligacy The character or condition of being profligate; a profligate or very vicious course of life; abandoned conduct; shameless dissipation.
    • n profligacy Synonyms Shamelessness. See abandoned.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Profligacy state or quality of being profligate: a vicious course of life
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Profligate (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. profligatus, pa.p. of profligārepro, forward, fligĕre, to dash.

Usage

In literature:

The most atrocious profligacy in another branch of the establishment prevailed.
"Chapters in the History of the Insane in the British Isles" by Daniel Hack Tuke
Whether the fruits of his labours shall be enjoyed by himself or consumed by the profligacy of governments?
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
It is a repulsive picture of profligacy at once savage and uncontrolled.
"La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages" by Jules Michelet
To the reign of the Saints succeeded the madness and the profligacy of the Restoration.
"The London Pulpit" by J. Ewing Ritchie
Its prosperity, as also its profligacy, is attested by the New Testament, by Strabo and Pausanias.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4" by Various
Everything was sombre; death was in the air; the only gayety was that found in the scenes of reckless profligacy.
"Roman Women" by Alfred Brittain
When religion sanctions prostitution at the altar, profligacy is not unnatural.
"Oriental Women" by Edward Bagby Pollard
The rapacity and cruelty of Constantina, joined with the mad profligacy of her husband, ended by ruining them both.
"Women of Early Christianity" by Alfred Brittain
In the profligacy of the Papal city she at least was pure.
"Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern" by Edgar Saltus
He goes there to spy out the meanness, the corruption, the villainy, the abandoned profligacy of the British Government.
"Junius Unmasked" by Joel Moody
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In news:

Anger over profligacy spurs new political parties across Europe.
Living the High Life at the UN The vast disparity in dues is a recipe for mismanagement and profligacy.
Piety is a Great Disguise for Profligacy But at Least We Can Laugh at It.
Striker Nathan Delfouneso headed in at the far post to put the visitors in front before Blackpool were punished for their profligacy.
America's biggest enemy isn't China but our own profligacy.
"The September Issue," a documentary about how the staff of Vogue puts together that curio of profligacy, the magazine's fall preview, was a big hit at the recent Sundance Film Festival.
Americans looking for a way to tame government profligacy should look to Switzerland.
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