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Profligacy

Postby Grogie » Sat Nov 26, 2005 5:41 am

This is another word that, unfortunately, doesn,t get used enough. It refers to immoral or shameless behavior.
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Postby Apoclima » Sat Nov 26, 2005 8:38 am

profligacy

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1. Excessive freedom; lack of restraint: dissoluteness, dissolution, libertinism, license, licentiousness. See restraint/unrestraint.
2. Excessive or imprudent expenditure: extravagance, extravagancy, lavishness, prodigality, profuseness, profusion, squander, waste, wastefulness. See careful/careless, save/waste.


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Postby Flaminius » Sat Nov 26, 2005 10:11 am

Profligate son appears to me the collocation where a derivative of profligacy is used most frequently. Though the expression itself is far out-numbered by prodigal son according to Google.
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Postby Grogie » Sat Nov 26, 2005 3:13 pm

Thanks for the information Apoclima and Flaminius.
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Postby tcward » Sun Nov 27, 2005 9:22 am

Yes, I've heard the form profligate used, but never profligacy. But I've never heard 'profligate son' in place of 'prodigal son'.

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