• WordNet 3.6
    • adj profligate unrestrained by convention or morality "Congreve draws a debauched aristocratic society","deplorably dissipated and degraded","riotous living","fast women"
    • adj profligate recklessly wasteful "prodigal in their expenditures"
    • n profligate a recklessly extravagant consumer
    • n profligate a dissolute man in fashionable society
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Profligate An abandoned person; one openly and shamelessly vicious; a dissolute person. "Such a profligate as Antony."
    • Profligate Broken down in respect of rectitude, principle, virtue, or decency; openly and shamelessly immoral or vicious; dissolute; as, profligate man or wretch. "A race more profligate than we.""Made prostitute and profligate muse."
    • Profligate Overthrown; beaten; conquered. "The foe is profligate , and run."
    • v. t Profligate To drive away; to overcome.A Latinism
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • profligate To drive away; disperse; discomfit; overcome.
    • profligate Overthrown; conquered; defeated.
    • profligate Ruined in morals; abandoned to vice; lost to principle, virtue, or decency; extremely vicious; shamelessly wicked.
    • profligate Synonyms Profligate, Abandoned, Reprobate, etc. See abandoned and wicked.
    • n profligate An abandoned person; one who has lost all regard for good principles, virtue, or decency.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Profligate prof′li-gāt abandoned to vice: without virtue or decency: dissolute: prodigal:
    • n Profligate one leading a profligate life: one shamelessly vicious: an abandoned person
    • adj Profligate prof′li-gāt (obs.) overthrown, defeated
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. profligatus, p. p. of profligare, to strike or dash to the ground, to destroy; pro, before + a word akin to fligere, to strike. See Afflict
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. profligatus, pa.p. of profligārepro, forward, fligĕre, to dash.


In literature:

Life was not dull but infinitely profligate of promise.
"Daughter of the Sun" by Jackson Gregory
Many profligates were neglected in their education, and of such, small hope of reformation could be formed.
"The Loyalists, Vol. 1-3" by Jane West
Brawling and swearing and turning into a profligate's tavern a place that should be for the sober entertainment of travellers?
"The Long Night" by Stanley Weyman
He was neither a profligate nor a squawman.
"The Yukon Trail" by William MacLeod Raine
She had often seen Paine before, a drunken profligate, wandering about the streets, from whom the children always fled in terror.
"Fables of Infidelity and Facts of Faith" by Robert Patterson
Resistance to autocracy is often more needed against a strong and just king than it is against an unprincipled profligate.
"The Rise of the Democracy" by Joseph Clayton
Of the profligate nobles at this time none was more profligate than L. SERGIUS CATILINA.
"A Smaller History of Rome" by William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
He is called in one book the most notorious of profligates; in another, the brand plucked from the burning.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
I would take the play out of the hands of the base and profligate, and give it to those who are virtuous and true.
"The Bobbin Boy" by William M. Thayer
Later, his morals grew corrupt, and he lived a profligate life until he became a convert of the Manicheans at the age of nineteen.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Carlisle" by C. King Eley

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.