profligacy

noun
prof·​li·​ga·​cy | \ ˈprä-fli-gə-sē How to pronounce profligacy (audio) \

Definition of profligacy

: the quality or state of being profligate

Examples of profligacy in a Sentence

a religious leader who railed against the profligacy of the nation's decadent aristocrats
Recent Examples on the Web The interviewers elicit confessions from the dirty cops a little too easily — though, satisfyingly, there’s no honor among thieves, the reckless profligacy of Jenkins’s thefts stirring an unexpected self-disgust among his troops. Washington Post, 24 Apr. 2022 Such profligacy ultimately led to the shop’s demise in 1939. Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2022 With his dry wit, down-to-earth, slightly macho vibe, and a technique honed across decades in provincial repertory, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Broadway, and the BBC, Cox is an economical performer and intolerant of profligacy. Jo Livingstone, The New Republic, 27 Jan. 2022 Most troubling, the Fed bankrolled the fiscal profligacy, purchasing more than half of the new Treasury debt issued this year. Kevin Warsh, WSJ, 12 Dec. 2021 While there are serious implications from hitting the debt limit, the root cause of the problem is the bipartisan spending profligacy that’s occurred over the past two decades. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 18 Sep. 2021 While there are serious implications from hitting the debt limit, the root cause of the problem is the bipartisan spending profligacy that’s occurred over the past two decades. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 18 Sep. 2021 For weeks, McConnell has made clear that his goal is to force the Democrats to raise the ceiling on their own, through the reconciliation bill, so that Republicans can attack them for profligacy going into next year’s Senate and House races. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 27 Sep. 2021 While there are serious implications from hitting the debt limit, the root cause of the problem is the bipartisan spending profligacy that’s occurred over the past two decades. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 18 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of profligacy

1738, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of profligacy was in 1738

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29 Apr 2022

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“Profligacy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/profligacy. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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