Prodigality Prod`i*gal"i*ty, n. [F. prodigalit['e], L. prodigalitas. See {Prodigal}.] Extravagance in expenditure, particularly of money; excessive liberality; profusion; waste; -- opposed to {frugality}, {economy}, and {parsimony}.``The prodigality of his wit.'' --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

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