prof·​li·​ga·​cy | \ˈprä-fli-gə-sē \

Definition of profligacy 

: the quality or state of being profligate

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a religious leader who railed against the profligacy of the nation's decadent aristocrats

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Perhaps Italy has failed to recover in part because its fiscal profligacy has damaged confidence. Edmund Phelps, WSJ, "The Fantasy of Fiscal Stimulus," 29 Oct. 2018 The combination of the Federal Reserve’s rate increases and the Trump administration’s fiscal profligacy has pushed up the yield on cash and cash-like instruments to the highest level since October 2008. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Cashing In: Why Cash Should Be in Your Portfolio Again," 5 Apr. 2018 The signing of Olivier Giroud has further highlighted the 25-year-old's profligacy in front of goal., "Antonio Conte Hints That Misfiring Striker Will Still Be at Chelsea Next Season," 9 May 2018 Ultimately, given America’s domestic profligacy, its ability to borrow from abroad is a blessing. Alan S. Blinder, WSJ, "A Brief Introduction to Trade Economics," 8 July 2018 Liverpool could, perhaps should, have scored more than five, a profligacy that may prove haunting. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Mohamad Salah Stands Tall, but Liverpool Cracks Door for Roma," 24 Apr. 2018 The Brazilians were made to pay for their profligacy in the 13th minute, as Fernandinho diverted a Nacer Chadli corner into his own net., "Brazil 1-2 Belgium: Red Devils Shatter Brazil's Dreams With Clinical Display to Set Up France Clash," 6 July 2018 The visitors had started brightly, with Blagoja Ljamcevski hitting the crossbar early on, but Rangers dominated after Murphy's strike, only for their profligacy to keep their opponents in the tie. Afp,, "Gerards earns a win in his Rangers managerial debut," 12 July 2018 There’s a clearer, more unnerving connection to today: the slipperiness of identity and the profligacy with the truth. Cate Mcquaid,, "MFA’s ‘Casanova’ a voluptuous look at a notorious voluptuary," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of profligacy

1738, in the meaning defined above

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