prof·li·gate (prŏflĭ-gĭt, -gāt′)
1. Given to or characterized by licentiousness or dissipation: a profligate nightlife.
2. Given to or characterized by reckless waste; wildly extravagant: a profligate spender; the profligate use of water.
A profligate person.
[Latin prōflīgātus, past participle of prōflīgāre, to ruin, cast down : prō-, forward; see PRO-1 + -flīgāre, intensive of flīgere, to strike down.]
profli·ga·cy (-gə-sē) n.
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