• WordNet 3.6
    • n prodigality excessive spending
    • n prodigality the trait of spending extravagantly
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Disappointed, Hungry Prodigal Tending Swine The Disappointed, Hungry Prodigal Tending Swine
The Returning Prodigal The Returning Prodigal
The Prodigal's Tent The Prodigal's Tent

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Prodigality Extravagance in expenditure, particularly of money; excessive liberality; profusion; waste; -- opposed to frugality economy, and parsimony. "The prodigality of his wit."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n prodigality The quality of being prodigal; extravagance in expenditure, particularly of money; profusion; waste.
    • n prodigality Excessive or profuse liberality.
    • n prodigality Synonyms Wastefulness, lavishness, squandering. See extravagant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Prodigality state or quality of being prodigal: extravagance: profusion: great liberality
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  • Vance Havner
    “If they had a social gospel in the days of the prodigal son, somebody would have given him a bed and a sandwich and he never would have gone home.”
  • John Ciardi
    John Ciardi
    “Every parent is at some time the father of the unreturned prodigal, with nothing to do but keep his house open to hope.”
  • Hannah More
    “Love never reasons, but profusely gives; it gives like a thoughtless prodigal its all, and then trembles least it has done to little.”
  • Ben Johnson
    “The covetous man never has money. The prodigal will have none shortly.”
  • Mary Elizabeth Hewitt
    Mary Elizabeth Hewitt
    “A sumptuous dwelling the rich man hath. And dainty is his repast; but remember that luxury's prodigal hand keeps the furnace of toil in blast.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality.”


Prodigal son - A prodigal son is a young man who wastes a lot on money on a lavish lifestyle. If the prodigal son returns, they return to a better way of living.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. prodigalité, L. prodigalitas,. See Prodigal
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. prodigusprodigĕre, to squander—pro, forth, agĕre, to drive.


In literature:

We shall see directly how prodigal the female is of her eggs, the majority of which are destined to perish.
"A Book of Exposition" by Homer Heath Nugent
Nature in her strong prodigality had outdone herself here.
"The Mysterious Rider" by Zane Grey
Money was squandered with a prodigal hand.
"Love Romances of the Aristocracy" by Thornton Hall
Its voice has sent many a poor prodigal home to his father's house.
"The Christian Home" by Samuel Philips
The angels in his presence know the Father, and watch for the prodigal.
"Hope of the Gospel" by George MacDonald
You don't give me as good a welcome as the Prodigal Son got, Julia.
"The Doctor's Dilemma" by Hesba Stretton
The p-p-prodigal has returned.
"The Redemption of David Corson" by Charles Frederic Goss
Here is a good deal of room for mistake and prodigality before you come to the edge of ruin.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Nature is never so prodigal as with the man of genius.
"Beethoven" by George Alexander Fischer
It was a prodigal court, it was an ill-ordered revenue, that sapped the foundations of all her greatness.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. II. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke

In poetry:

So free of joy, so prodigal of tears,
Yet he can hold his fevers seventy years,
Out-wear sun, rain and frost,
By which you are soon lost.
"The Harebell" by Muriel Stuart
Which made the butchers of Nottingham
To study as they did stand,
Saying, "Surely he 'is' some prodigal,
That hath sold his fathers land."
"Robin Hood And The Butcher" by Andrew Lang
And carry up the echo there that shall
Arouse the drowsy dog, that he may bay
The household out to greet the prodigal
That wanders home to-day.
"A Country Pathway" by James Whitcomb Riley
And one, the reapers at their sultry toil.
In front they bound the sheaves. Behind
Were realms of upland, prodigal in oil,
And hoary to the wind.
"The Palace of Art" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Coil from the thoroughfares of her hair
And terribly lead him home alive
Lead her prodigal home to his terror,
The furious ox-killing house of love.
"Ballad Of The Long-Legged Bait" by Dylan Thomas
Another day let slip! Its hours have run,
Its golden hours, with prodigal excess,
All run to waste. A day of life the less;
Of many wasted days, alas, but one!
"A Wasted Day" by Robert Fuller Murray

In news:

Now it's leading prodigal sons back to retail parents.
Wichita's prodigal fast food chain is coming back home, but only for a day.
Moving French drama tackles the Israeli-Palestinian conflict via a pair of prodigal sons accidentally switched at birth.
"The Prodigal Son" is one of three parables told by Jesus that deal with loss and redemption.
The last parable of the three is famously known as "The Parable of the Prodigal Son.".
The Parable of the Prodigal Son.
When reading what's often called "The Parable of the Prodigal Son," it's important to remember how Jesus began the story in Luke 15.
Reviews & Previews: Prodigal Son.
Old Guard & Prodigal Son deliver for Klinsmann.
Osama's Prodigal Son: The Dark, Twisted Journey of Omar bin Laden.
When the Prodigal 's speech is read in this light, a new meaning emerges.
Pats' prodigal son McDaniels returns.
Identity, religion, and homosexuality are explored in the SO Theatrical Productions performances of The Prodigal , which will open at Kentucky Center on Saturday.
Prodigal Star Returns to Shine.
New Franchise Adapting Jeffrey Archer's 'The Prodigal Daughter' as TV Series (Exclusive).

In science:

Loredo, T.J.: The return of the prodigal: Bayesian inference For astrophysics.
Bayesian astrostatistics: a backward look to the future