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PROF'LIGATE, a. [L. profligatus, profligo, to rout, to ruin; pro and fligo, to drive or dash. The word then signifies dashed, broken or ruined in morals. See Flog and Afflict.]

Abandoned to vice; lost to principle,virtue or decency; extremely vicious; shameless in wickedness; as a profligate man or wretch.

Next age will see

A race more profligate than we.

Made prostitute and profligate the muse,

Debas'd to each obscene and impious use.

PROF'LIGATE, n. An abandoned man; a wretch who has lost all regard to good principles,virtue or decency.

How could such a profligate as Antony, or a boy of eighteen like Octavius,ever dare to dream of giving law to such an empire?

PROF'LIGATE, v.t. To drive away; a Latin signification. [Not used.]

1. To overcome. [Not used.]



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PROF'LIGATE, a. [L. profligatus, profligo, to rout, to ruin; pro and fligo, to drive or dash. The word then signifies dashed, broken or ruined in morals. See Flog and Afflict.]

Abandoned to vice; lost to principle,virtue or decency; extremely vicious; shameless in wickedness; as a profligate man or wretch.

Next age will see

A race more profligate than we.

Made prostitute and profligate the muse,

Debas'd to each obscene and impious use.

PROF'LIGATE, n. An abandoned man; a wretch who has lost all regard to good principles,virtue or decency.

How could such a profligate as Antony, or a boy of eighteen like Octavius,ever dare to dream of giving law to such an empire?

PROF'LIGATE, v.t. To drive away; a Latin signification. [Not used.]

1. To overcome. [Not used.]

PROF'LI-GATE, a. [L. profligatus, profligo, to rout, to ruin; pro and fligo, to drive or dash. The word then signifies dashed, broken or ruined in morals. See Flog and Afflict.]

Abandoned to vice; lost to principle, virtue or decency; extremely vicious; shameless in wickedness; as, a profligate man or wretch. Next age will see / A race more profligate than we. – Roscommon. Made prostitute and profligate the muse, / Debas'd to each obscene and impious use. – Dryden.


PROF'LI-GATE, n.

An abandoned man; a wretch who has lost all regard to good principles, virtue or decency. How could such a profligate as Antony, or a boy of eighteen like Octavius, ever dare to dream of giving law to such an empire? – Swift.


PROF'LI-GATE, v.t.

  1. To drive away; a Latin signification. [Not used.]
  2. To overcome. [Not used.] – Harvey.

Prof"li*gate
  1. Overthrown; beaten; conquered.

    [Obs.]

    The foe is profligate, and run. Hudibras.

  2. An abandoned person; one openly and shamelessly vicious; a dissolute person.

    "Such a profligate as Antony." Swift.
  3. To drive away; to overcome.

    [A Latinism] [Obs.] Harvey.
  4. Broken down in respect of rectitude, principle, virtue, or decency; openly and shamelessly immoral or vicious; dissolute; as, profligate man or wretch.

    A race more profligate than we. Roscommon.

    Made prostitute and profligate muse. Dryden.

    Syn. -- Abandoned; corrupt; dissolute; vitiated; depraved; vicious; wicked. See Abandoned.

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Profligate

PROF'LIGATE, adjective [Latin profligatus, profligo, to rout, to ruin; pro and fligo, to drive or dash. The word then signifies dashed, broken or ruined in morals. See Flog and Afflict.]

Abandoned to vice; lost to principle, virtue or decency; extremely vicious; shameless in wickedness; as a profligate man or wretch.

Next age will see

A race more profligate than we.

Made prostitute and profligate the muse,

Debas'd to each obscene and impious use.

PROF'LIGATE, noun An abandoned man; a wretch who has lost all regard to good principles, virtue or decency.

How could such a profligate as Antony, or a boy of eighteen like Octavius, ever dare to dream of giving law to such an empire?

PROF'LIGATE, verb transitive To drive away; a Latin signification. [Not used.]

1. To overcome. [Not used.]

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