profligacy

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noun prof·li·ga·cy \ ˈprä-fli-gə-sē \

Definition of profligacy

:the quality or state of being profligate

Examples of profligacy in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of profligacy

1738



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