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PROFLIGATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does profligate mean? 

PROFLIGATE (noun)
  The noun PROFLIGATE has 2 senses:

1. a dissolute man in fashionable society
2. a recklessly extravagant consumer

  Familiarity information: PROFLIGATE used as a noun is rare.


PROFLIGATE (adjective)
  The adjective PROFLIGATE has 2 senses:

1. recklessly wasteful
2. unrestrained by convention or morality

  Familiarity information: PROFLIGATE used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PROFLIGATE (noun)


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Meaning:

A dissolute man in fashionable society

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

roue; rip; rakehell; rake; profligate; blood

Hypernyms ("profligate" is a kind of...):

debauchee; libertine; rounder (a dissolute person; usually a man who is morally unrestrained)


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Meaning:

A recklessly extravagant consumer

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

prodigal; squanderer; profligate

Hypernyms ("profligate" is a kind of...):

consumer (a person who uses goods or services)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "profligate"):

scattergood; spend-all; spender; spendthrift (someone who spends money prodigally)

waster; wastrel (someone who dissipates resources self-indulgently)


PROFLIGATE (adjective)


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Meaning:

Recklessly wasteful

Synonyms:

profligate; spendthrift; extravagant; prodigal

Context example:

prodigal in their expenditures

Similar:

wasteful (tending to squander and waste)


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Meaning:

Unrestrained by convention or morality

Synonyms:

libertine; dissolute; dissipated; degraded; degenerate; debauched; profligate; riotous; fast

Context examples:

Congreve draws a debauched aristocratic society / deplorably dissipated and degraded / riotous living / fast women

Similar:

immoral (deliberately violating accepted principles of right and wrong)


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