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profligate


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Profligate  \Prof"li*gate\,  n. 
  An  abandoned  person;  one  openly  and  shamelessly  vicious;  a 
  dissolute  person.  ``Such  a  profligate  as  Antony.''  --Swift. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Profligate  \Prof"li*gate\,  v.  t. 
  To  drive  away  to  overcome. 
 
  Note:  [A  Latinism]  [Obs.]  --Harvey. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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}.] 
  1.  Overthrown;  beaten;  conquered.  [Obs.] 
 
  The  foe  is  profligate,  and  run.  --Hudibras. 
 
  2.  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  --Roscommon. 
 
  Made  prostitute  and  profligate  muse.  --Dryden. 
 
  Syn:  Abandoned;  corrupt;  dissolute;  vitiated;  depraved; 
  vicious;  wicked.  See  {Abandoned}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  profligate 
  adj  1:  recklessly  wasteful;  "prodigal  in  their  expenditures"  [syn: 
  {extravagant},  {prodigal},  {spendthrift}] 
  2:  unrestrained  by  convention  or  morality;  "Congreve  draws  a 
  debauched  aristocratic  society";  "deplorably  dissipated 
  and  degraded";  "riotous  living";  "fast  women"  [syn:  {debauched}, 
  {degenerate},  {degraded},  {dissipated},  {dissolute},  {libertine}, 
  {riotous},  {fast}] 
  n  1:  a  dissolute  man  in  fashionable  society  [syn:  {rake},  {rip}, 
  {blood},  {roue}] 
  2:  a  recklessly  extravagant  consumer  [syn:  {prodigal},  {squanderer}] 




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