• (adjective, noun, RP) IPA: /ˈpɹɒflɪɡət/
  • (adjective, noun, America) enPR: prŏʹflĭgət, IPA: /ˈpɹɑːflɪɡət/
  • (adjective, noun)
  • (verb, RP) IPA: /ˈpɹɒflɪɡeɪt/
  • (verb, America) enPR: prŏʹflĭgāt, IPA: /ˈpɹɑːflɪɡeɪt/
  • (verb)


  1. Inclined to waste resources or behave extravagantly.
    • 2013, Ben Smith, "", BBC Sport, 19 October 2013:
      Jay Rodriguez headed over and Dani Osvaldo might have done better with only David De Gea to beat and, as Southampton bordered on the profligate, United were far more ruthless.
  2. Immoral; abandoned to vice.
    • a race more profligate than we
    • Made prostitute and profligate muse.
  3. (obsolete) Overthrown, ruined.
    • The foe is profligate, and run.
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profligate (plural profligates)

  1. An abandoned person; one openly and shamelessly vicious; a dissolute person.
  2. An overly wasteful or extravagant individual.
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  • Russian: развра́тник
  • Russian: расточи́тель

profligate (profligates, present participle profligating; past and past participle profligated)

  1. (obsolete) To drive away; to overcome.
    • 1840, Alexander Walker, Woman Physiologically Considered as to Mind, Morals, Marriage, Matrimonial Slavery, Infidelity and Divorce, page 157:
      Such a stipulation would remove one powerful temptation to profligate pennyless seducers, of whom there are too many prowling in the higher circles ;
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