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 for profligate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Profligate \Prof"li*gate\, a. [L. profligatus, p. p. of
     profligare to strike or dash to the ground, to destroy; pro
     before + a word akin to fligere to strike. See Afflict.]
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     1. Overthrown; beaten; conquered. [Obs.]
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              The foe is profligate, and run.       --Hudibras.
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     2. Broken down in respect of rectitude, principle, virtue, or
        decency; openly and shamelessly immoral or vicious;
        dissolute; as, profligate man or wretch.
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              A race more profligate than we.       --Roscommon.
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              Made prostitute and profligate muse.  --Dryden.
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     Syn: Abandoned; corrupt; dissolute; vitiated; depraved;
          vicious; wicked. See Abandoned.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Profligate \Prof"li*gate\, n.
     An abandoned person; one openly and shamelessly vicious; a
     dissolute person. "Such a profligate as Antony." --Swift.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Profligate \Prof"li*gate\, v. t.
     To drive away; to overcome.
     Note: [A Latinism] [Obs.] --Harvey.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: recklessly wasteful; "prodigal in their expenditures"
             [syn: extravagant, prodigal, profligate,
      2: unrestrained by convention or morality; "Congreve draws a
         debauched aristocratic society"; "deplorably dissipated and
         degraded"; "riotous living"; "fast women" [syn: debauched,
         degenerate, degraded, dissipated, dissolute,
         libertine, profligate, riotous, fast]
      n 1: a dissolute man in fashionable society [syn: rake,
           rakehell, profligate, rip, blood, roue]
      2: a recklessly extravagant consumer [syn: prodigal,
         profligate, squanderer]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  124 Moby Thesaurus words for "profligate":
     Casanova, Don Juan, Lothario, abandoned, backslider, bad egg,
     bad lot, black sheep, carnal, contaminated, corrupt, corrupted,
     debased, debauched, debauchee, decadent, degenerate, degraded,
     depraved, dissipated, dissipative, dissolute, easy come, easy go,
     erotic, evil, excessive, extravagant, fallen angel, fast, free,
     gallant, gay, gay deceiver, gay dog, good-for-nothing, immoderate,
     immoral, improvident, incontinent, indecent, iniquitous,
     intemperate, lady-killer, lascivious, lavish, lecher, lecherous,
     lewd, libertine, licentious, loose, lost sheep, lost soul,
     lover-boy, miscreant, morally polluted, no-good, overgenerous,
     overlavish, overliberal, penny-wise and pound-foolish, pervert,
     perverted, philanderer, pimp, polluted, pound-foolish, prodigal,
     profuse, promiscuous, rake, rakehell, rakehellish, rakehelly,
     rakish, recidivist, reckless, recreant, reprobate, rip, rotten,
     roue, rounder, scapegrace, sensual, sensualist, shameless, sinful,
     sinner, skirt chaser, sodomite, sorry lot, spender, spendthrift,
     squanderer, squandering, steeped in iniquity, swinger, sybarite,
     sybaritic, tainted, trollop, unbridled, unprincipled, unrestrained,
     vice-corrupted, vitiated, voluptuary, voluptuous, walking phallus,
     wanton, warped, wasteful, waster, wastethrift, wastrel, whore,
     whoremonger, wicked, wild, wolf, woman chaser, womanizer

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