Profligate
Profligate Prof"li*gate, a. [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}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Overthrown; beaten; conquered. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

The foe is profligate, and run. --Hudibras. [1913 Webster]

2. Broken down in respect of rectitude, principle, virtue, or decency; openly and shamelessly immoral or vicious; dissolute; as, profligate man or wretch. [1913 Webster]

A race more profligate than we. --Roscommon. [1913 Webster]

Made prostitute and profligate muse. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Abandoned; corrupt; dissolute; vitiated; depraved; vicious; wicked. See {Abandoned}. [1913 Webster]


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  • profligate — [adj1] immoral, corrupt abandoned, debauched, degenerate, depraved, dissipated, dissolute, iniquitous, lax, lewd, libertine, licentious, loose, promiscuous, reprobate, shameless, unprincipled, vicious, vitiated, wanton, wicked, wild; concept 545… …   New thesaurus

  • Profligate — Prof li*gate, n. An abandoned person; one openly and shamelessly vicious; a dissolute person. Such a profligate as Antony. Swift. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • profligate# — profligate adj dissolute, reprobate, *abandoned Analogous words: debauched, corrupted, depraved, debased, perverted (see under DEBASE): degenerate, corrupt, *vicious: ioose, relaxed, slack, lax profligate n *spendthrift, prodigal, wastrel, waster …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • profligate — ► ADJECTIVE 1) recklessly extravagant or wasteful. 2) licentious; dissolute. ► NOUN ▪ a profligate person. DERIVATIVES profligacy noun. ORIGIN Latin profligatus dissolute , from profligare overthrow, ruin …   English terms dictionary

  • profligate — [präf′li git] adj. [L profligatus, pp. of profligare, to strike to the ground, rout, ruin < pro , forward (see PRO 2) + fligere, to drive, dash (see INFLICT)] 1. immoral and shameless 2. extremely wasteful; recklessly extravagant n. a… …   English World dictionary

  • Profligate — Prof li*gate, v. t. To drive away; to overcome. Note: [A Latinism] [Obs.] Harvey. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • profligate — I (corrupt) adjective abandoned to vice, base, corrupted, debauched, degenerate, depraved, disgraceful, disreputable, dissipated, dissipative, dissolute, evil, evil minded, fallen, flagitious, foul, heinous, immoral, indecent, infamous,… …   Law dictionary

  • profligate — (adj.) 1520s, overthrown (implied in profligation), from L. profligatus destroyed, dissolute, pp. of profligare to cast down, defeat, ruin, from pro down, forth (see PRO (Cf. pro )) + fligere to strike (see AFFLICT (Cf. afflict …   Etymology dictionary

  • profligate — prof|li|gate [ˈprɔflıgıt US ˈpra: ] adj formal [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of profligare to strike down ] 1.) wasting money or other things in a careless way = ↑wasteful ▪ profligate spending ▪ the profligate use of… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • profligate — 1. adjective 1) profligate local authorities Syn: wasteful, extravagant, spendthrift, improvident, prodigal Ant: thrifty, frugal 2) a profligate lifestyle Syn: dissolute …   Thesaurus of popular words

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