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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Prodigal  \Prod"i*gal\,  a.  [L.  prodigus  from  prodigere  to  drive 
  forth,  to  squander  away  pro  forward,  forth  +  agere  to  drive; 
  cf  F.  prodigue  See  {Agent}.  ] 
  Given  to  extravagant  expenditure;  expending  money  or  other 
  things  without  necessity;  recklessly  or  viciously  profuse; 
  lavish;  wasteful;  not  frugal  or  economical;  as  a  prodigal 
  man;  the  prodigal  son;  prodigal  giving;  prodigal  expenses. 
 
  In  fighting  fields  [patriots]  were  prodigal  of  blood. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  Syn:  Profuse;  lavish;  extravagant;  squandering;  wasteful.  See 
  {Profuse}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Prodigal  \Prod"i*gal\,  n. 
  One  who  expends  money  extravagantly,  viciously,  or  without 
  necessity;  one  that  is  profuse  or  lavish  in  any  expenditure; 
  a  waster;  a  spendthrift.  ``Noble  prodigals  of  life.'' 
  --Trench. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  prodigal 
  adj  1:  very  generous;  "distributed  gifts  with  a  lavish  hand";  "the 
  critics  were  lavish  in  their  praise";  "a  munificent 
  gift";  "his  father  gave  him  a  half-dollar  and  his 
  mother  a  quarter  and  he  thought  them  munificent"; 
  "prodigal  praise";  "unsparing  generosity";  "his 
  unstinted  devotion";  "called  for  unstinting  aid  to 
  Britain"  [syn:  {lavish},  {munificent},  {overgenerous}, 
  {too-generous},  {unsparing},  {unstinted},  {unstinting}] 
  2:  recklessly  wasteful;  "prodigal  in  their  expenditures"  [syn: 
  {extravagant},  {profligate},  {spendthrift}] 
  3:  marked  by  rash  extravagance;  "led  a  prodigal  life" 
  n  :  a  recklessly  extravagant  consumer  [syn:  {profligate},  {squanderer}] 




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