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Examples of spendthrift in a Sentence
the spendthrift managed to blow all of his inheritance in a single year
Recent Examples of spendthrift from the Web
His powerful ministry, which drove German policy during the euro crisis, has suspicion of spendthrift foreigners coursing through its corridors.
The surprise abdication and quiet succession earlier this year were undoubtedly an attempt to refresh the country’s image of a spendthrift and corrupt monarchy in peril.
Democrats are compassionate and generous, but spendthrift, dovish, and (in the views of many white people) indulgent of crime and prone to subsidize poor people who don’t want to work.
He was deposed after months of political unrest directed at his administration, which was accused of being spendthrift and out of touch.
The Miami Beach hotel attracts style-conscious A-listers and spendthrifts to stay and play in this advanced incarnation of 1950s South Beach glamour.
Flushing money down the toilet is usually only a metaphor, reserved for spendthrifts or those casual with their cash.
TMG fired back shortly afterwards, labeling the actor a hopeless spendthrift who squandered millions on extravagances like fine wine and art against their advice.
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Frank Lloyd Wright, arguably America's greatest architect, was a liar, a procrastinator, an adulterer, a spendthrift, a deadbeat, a monumental egotist and at times an all-around cad.
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Did You Know?
One sense of thrift is "careful management especially of money," and spendthrift was coined in the late 16th century to refer to someone who recklessly flouts such efforts. Synonyms of spendthrift include prodigal, waster, and wastrel. Prodigal also has the suggestion of such enthusiastic waste that it would deplete even the most lavish resources, whereas both waster and wastrel imply that in addition to wastefulness, the person has such dramatic character flaws as to be a good-for-nothing and a drain upon the community.
First Known Use of spendthrift
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Definition of spendthrift for English Language Learners
: a person who spends money in a careless or wasteful way
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