Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: adjective

Abandoned to vice.

Part of speech: noun

A depraved or abandoned person.

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Usage examples "profligate":

  1. Madonna Paola- following her inclinations- withdrew to the Convent of Santa Caterina, there to pursue in peace the studies for which she had a taste, whilst her splendid, profligate brother became the ornament- the arbiter elegantiarum- of our court. - "The Shame of Motley", Raphael Sabatini.
  2. Profligate necessities, however, had obliged the owner to part with this portion of his possessions, which was purchased by a merchant well known to Numerian, who received it as a legacy at his friend's death. - "Antonina", Wilkie Collins.
  3. Though so successful a gallant, he had not acquired the ruthless egotism of the sensualist; and his conduct to women often evinced the weakness of giddy youth rather than the cold deliberation of profligate manhood. - "The Last Of The Barons, Complete", Edward Bulwer-Lytton.