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

Definition of profligacy

: the quality or state of being profligate

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Examples of profligacy in a Sentence

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

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And why were these supporters not outraged at Zuma’s private extravagance, profligacy and brushes with the law? Quartz Africa, "The worrying link between Jacob Zuma’s shameless defiance and Pentecostalism," 8 June 2018 But investors may need to look elsewhere for the real victims of all the cash flowing into a sector that epitomizes the promise and profligacy of Silicon Valley. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Amazon Deal Makes Meal Delivery Even Hotter," 17 May 2019 France had the upper hand in all areas and could have scored more in the second half if not for its forwards’ profligacy in front of goal. Samuel Petrequin, The Seattle Times, "Mbappe, Griezmann, Giroud score as France routs Iceland 4-0," 25 Mar. 2019 Peru were left to rue their profligacy in front of goal as Denmark scored against the run of play., "Peru 0-1 Denmark: Poulsen Rubs Salt in Incas' Wounds After Penalty Miss Proves Costly in Saransk," 16 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of profligacy

1738, in the meaning defined above

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