profligacy (n.) 1738, from PROFLIGATE (Cf. profligate) + -CY (Cf. -cy).

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  • Profligacy — Prof li*ga*cy, n. [See {Profligate}, a.] The quality of state of being profligate; a profligate or very vicious course of life; a state of being abandoned in moral principle and in vice; dissoluteness. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • profligacy — index bad repute, debauchery, delinquency (misconduct), vice Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • profligacy — noun /ˈprɑflɪɡəsi/ a) careless wastefulness 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… …   Wiktionary

  • profligacy — [[t]prɒ̱flɪgəsi[/t]] N UNCOUNT Profligacy is the spending of too much money or the using of too much of something. [FORMAL] ...the continuing profligacy of certain states. Syn: wastefulness …   English dictionary

  • profligacy — profligate ► ADJECTIVE 1) recklessly extravagant or wasteful. 2) licentious; dissolute. ► NOUN ▪ a profligate person. DERIVATIVES profligacy noun. ORIGIN Latin profligatus dissolute , from profligare overthrow, ruin …   English terms dictionary

  • profligacy — noun Date: 1738 the quality or state of being profligate …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • profligacy — /prof li geuh see/, n. 1. shameless dissoluteness. 2. reckless extravagance. 3. great abundance. [1730 40; PROFLIG(ATE) + ACY] * * * …   Universalium

  • profligacy — Synonyms and related words: carnality, corruption, debauchery, degeneracy, depravity, dissipation, dissoluteness, eroticism, evil, excess, exorbitance, extravagance, immorality, improvidence, indecency, lasciviousness, lavishness, lechery,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • profligacy — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun 1. Excessive freedom; lack of restraint: dissoluteness, dissolution, libertinism, license, licentiousness. See RESTRAINT. 2. Excessive or imprudent expenditure: extravagance, extravagancy, lavishness, prodigality,… …   English dictionary for students

  • profligacy — prof·li·ga·cy || prÉ‘flɪgÉ™sɪ / prÉ’f n. extravagance, wastefulness; wantonness, licentiousness; degeneracy; promiscuousness, depravity …   English contemporary dictionary

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