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A.Word.A.Day--profligate

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profligate (PROF-li-git, -gayt) adjective

1. Recklessly extravagant; wasteful.

2. Given over to dissipation; dissolute.

noun

A profligate person.

[From Latin profligatus, past participle of profligare (to strike down, to ruin), from pro- (forth, down) + fligere (to strike).]

See more usage examples of profligate in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (garg wordsmith.org)

"Despite Bank Markazi's tsunami of petrodollars, the IMF has warned that profligate state spending spells future budget deficits." Matein Khalid; Iran: Sanctions, Geopolitics and the Economy; Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates); Jan 7, 2007.

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