Complete Definition of "profligacy"

English

Etymology
profligate + -y

Pronunciation
(US) IPA|/ËprÉflɪgÉsi/

Noun
en-noun|profligac|ies|-

  1. countable careless wastefulness

#*1791, Thomas Paine, The Rights Of Man
#*:No question has arisen within the records of history that pressed with the importance of the present. ... whether man shall inherit his rights, and universal civilisation take place? Whether the fruits of his labours shall be enjoyed by himself or consumed by the profligacy of governments?

  1. uncountable shameless and immoral behaviour

#*1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
#*:He had, indeed, reduced several women to a state of utter profligacy, had broke the hearts of some, and had the honour of occasioning the violent death of one poor girl, who had either drowned herself, or, what was rather more probable, had been drowned by him.

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