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Definition to spend money recklessly or wastefully; or a person who does so regularly

Much more rarely, profligate can refer to behavior considered immoral or to someone who behaves in such a way.
  • Years of falling revenues and profligate spending have left the state in a fiscal crisis.
  • a profligate and a drunkard
  • She was a sensible woman and so she could not help looking upon me as a dissolute profligate incapable of real love.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • And he to me, "That is the ancient soul of profligate Myrrha, who became her father's lover beyond rightful love.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante's Inferno
  • Although he possessed erves , and by the reserves of energy, he'd been profligate with those res time he got to Camp Four they were nearly depleted.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • And it is the same in other directions; you will find us neither profligate nor ascetic.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • A profligate-what can I tell you?
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Of the asceticism that deadens the senses, as of the vulgar profligacy that dulls them, it was to know nothing.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • He worked hard and earned money and kept hold of it—he was the farthest thing from a profligate.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • The sexual profligacy of Jews is well known, one of their ugliest traits.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • Society is endangered not by the great profligacy of a few, but by laxity of morals amongst all.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • The list always growing, profligate.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • If you blast their faith by European formalities, they will become infidels and profligates.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • But instead of their forming a permanent union, of the kind his mother dreamed about, both used it to embark on a profligate way of life.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • What is to be expected of, or by, such profligates?
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • I shall never allow people to talk before me about wastefulness and profligacy, and so forth, in connexion with that life, any more.'
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • What about the profligate Ernest?
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • He perceived that he had gifts of profligacy which had been neglected.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • A social welfare report also determined that she had had profligate sexual relations with older men and that she was very probably involved in prostitution.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  • But his father—and his uncle—were the most profligate coachmen that ever sat upon a box.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House

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