from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Careless wastefulness.
  • n. Shameless and immoral behaviour.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of state of being profligate; a profligate or very vicious course of life; a state of being abandoned in moral principle and in vice; dissoluteness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character or condition of being profligate; a profligate or very vicious course of life; abandoned conduct; shameless dissipation.
  • n. Synonyms Shamelessness. See abandoned.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the trait of spending extravagantly
  • n. dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure


profligate + -y (Wiktionary)



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  • “McCain's top advisers privately fumed at Palin’s outrageous profligacy.�?

    From Newsweek:

    November 6, 2008

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