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prodigal
used in Middlemarch

2 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)
  • For my own part, I regretted your alliance with my brother-in-law's family, which has always been of prodigal habits,
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (49% in)
prodigal = recklessly wasteful
  • But he would never lose sight of her: he would watch over her—if he gave up everything else in life he would watch over her, and she should know that she had one slave in the world, Will had—to use Sir Thomas Browne's phrase—a "passionate prodigality" of statement both to himself and others.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (36% in)

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