From Latin prōflīgātus (“wretched, abandoned”), participle of prōflīgō (“strike down, cast down”), from pro (“forward”) + fligere (“to strike, dash”).
profligate (comparative more profligate, superlative most profligate)
- Inclined to waste resources or behave extravagantly.
- Immoral; abandoned to vice.
- (obsolete) Overthrown, ruined.
profligate (plural profligates)
- An abandoned person; one openly and shamelessly vicious; a dissolute person.
- An overly wasteful or extravagant individual.
profligate (third-person singular simple present profligates, present participle profligating, simple past and past participle profligated)
- (obsolete) To drive away; to overcome.