Definitions for: Profligate

[n] a dissolute man in fashionable society
[n] a recklessly extravagant consumer
[adj] unrestrained by convention or morality; "Congreve draws a debauched aristocratic society"; "deplorably dissipated and degraded"; "riotous living"; "fast women"
[adj] recklessly wasteful; "prodigal in their expenditures"

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

Prof"li*gate, n.
An abandoned person; one openly and shamelessly vicious; a
dissolute person. ``Such a profligate as Antony.'' --Swift.

Prof"li*gate, v. t.
To drive away; to overcome.

Note: [A Latinism] [Obs.] --Harvey.

Synonyms: blood, debauched, degenerate, degraded, dissipated, dissolute, extravagant, fast, immoral, libertine, prodigal, prodigal, rake, riotous, rip, roue, spendthrift, squanderer, wasteful

See Also: consumer, debauchee, libertine, rounder, spend-all, spender, spendthrift, waster, wastrel

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