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prodigal
used in The Merchant of Venice

5 uses
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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)
  • a bankrupt, a prodigal, who dare scarce show his head on the Rialto;
    3.1 — Act 3 Scene 1 — Venice. A street (33% in)
prodigal = someone who is recklessly wasteful
  • 'tis not unknown to you, Antonio, How much I have disabled mine estate By something showing a more swelling port Than my faint means would grant continuance; Nor do I now make moan to be abridg'd From such a noble rate; but my chief care Is to come fairly off from the great debts Wherein my time, something too prodigal, Hath left me gag'd.
    1.1 — Act 1 Scene 1 — Venice. A street (72% in)
  • I am not bid for love; they flatter me; But yet I'll go in hate, to feed upon The prodigal Christian.
    2.5 — Act 2 Scene 5 — The same. Before SHYLOCK'S house (29% in)
  • How like a younker or a prodigal The scarfed bark puts from her native bay, Hugg'd and embraced by the strumpet wind!
    2.6 — Act 2 Scene 6 — The same (21% in)
  • How like the prodigal doth she return, With over-weather'd ribs and ragged sails, Lean, rent, and beggar'd by the strumpet wind!
    2.6 — Act 2 Scene 6 — The same (25% in)

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