from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Extravagant wastefulness.
- n. Profuse generosity.
- n. Extreme abundance; lavishness.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. wasteful extravagance
- n. lavish generosity
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Extravagance in expenditure, particularly of money; excessive liberality; profusion; waste; -- opposed to
frugality, economy, and parsimony.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being prodigal; extravagance in expenditure, particularly of money; profusion; waste.
- n. Excessive or profuse liberality.
- n. Synonyms Wastefulness, lavishness, squandering. See extravagant.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. excessive spending
- n. the trait of spending extravagantly
Has she not bestowed on him every gift in prodigality?
83 But this vain prodigality, which the prudence of Diocletian might justly despise, was enjoyed with surprise and transport by the Roman people.
She there appears surrounded by the luxuriance of vegetable life: she pours forth her bounty with a profusion which the partizans of utility would call prodigality, and covers the earth with a splendour of beauty, which serves no other purpose than to minister to the delight of human existence.
But his prodigality, which is excessive, after a time brought him to London; and the bishop imagined that, with his help, my scruples would at last be conquered.
I regarded _tragic_ knowledge as the most beautiful luxury of our culture, as its most precious, most noble, most dangerous kind of prodigality; but, nevertheless, in view of its overflowing wealth, as a justifiable _luxury_.
Further, prodigality and meanness are excesses and defects with regard to wealth; and meanness we always impute to those who care more than they ought for wealth, but we sometimes apply the word 'prodigality' in a complex sense; for we call those men prodigals who are incontinent and spend money on self-indulgence.
This, then, is the sense in which we take the word 'prodigality'.
_Academic_ original after Raleigh's consignment to the Tower, -- in that fierce satire into which so much Elizabethan bitterness is condensed, under the difference of the reckless prodigality which is stereotyped in the fable, we get, in the earlier scenes, some glimpses of this
The presumptuous weak who mistake the wish of distinction for the workings of talent, admire the eccentricities of the gifted youth who is reared in opulence, and, mistaking the prodigality which is only the effect of his fortune, for the attributes of his talents, imitate his errors, and imagine that, by copying the blemishes of his conduct, they possess what is illustrious in his mind.
Sometimes they say them backward, when they sound like “prodigality,” “drunkenness,” “wastefulness,” and “immorality.”