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prodigal
used in Great Expectations

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Definition
recklessly wasteful

or more rarely:

abundant (extravagant in amount)

or more rarely still:

long absent (someone who has been away a long time)
  • swine were the companions of the prodigal.
    Chapter 4 (62% in)
prodigal = the person who slept with pigs (swine) in the commonly referenced Christian parable, The Prodigal Son

Editor's notes:
  • A parable is a story told to teach a moral lesson.
  • At one point in the story, the main character ate and slept with pigs (swine).
  • This is a common usage of prodigal; though it more generally refers to anyone (not just The Prodigal Son) who is recklessly wasteful; or perhaps long absent.
There are no more uses of "prodigal" in Great Expectations.

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